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Rural Balance

Households without children

In Rural Balance, older couples without children account for 6% of total households in 2011.

Households without Children include couples without children and lone person households. They require different services depending on the age of the people in the households. For example young couples who have not had children (yet) compared to older "empty nester" couples whose children may have left home.

For Households without Children in Rural Balance, life stage is based on the age of the household reference person (usually person 1 on the Census form):

  • Young: Aged 15-44
  • Middle-aged: Aged 45-64
  • Older: Aged 65 and over

To continue building the story, Rural Balance's Household data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Age Structure and Dwelling Type.

Derived from the Census question:

‘What is the person’s relationship (to each other person in the household)?’

Households

Households without children by life stage
Rural Balance20112006Change
Households without childrenNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples without children34526.021.223522.321.5+110
map this data in atlas.idYoung couples without children906.88.9363.59.6+53
Middle-aged couples without children
17413.17.714113.48.3+33
map this data in atlas.idOlder couples without children816.14.7575.53.6+23
Lone person households
27420.715.719518.614.9+78
Young lone persons
1017.66.5696.56.7+32
Middle-aged lone persons
1088.15.4908.65.0+18
Older lone persons
654.93.7373.53.3+29
Group households
302.22.1201.91.9+10
Total households without children
64848.939.045042.738.4+198

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Households without children, 2011
Households without children, 2011 Group households, City of Melton: 2.1% Older lone persons, City of Melton: 3.7% Middle-aged lone persons, City of Melton: 5.4% Young lone persons, City of Melton: 6.5% Older couples without children, City of Melton: 4.7% Middle-aged couples without children, City of Melton: 7.7% Young couples without children, City of Melton: 8.9% Group households, Rural Balance: 2.2% Older lone persons, Rural Balance: 4.9% Middle-aged lone persons, Rural Balance: 8.1% Young lone persons, Rural Balance: 7.6% Older couples without children, Rural Balance: 6.1% Middle-aged couples without children, Rural Balance: 13.1% Young couples without children, Rural Balance: 6.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in households without children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households without children, 2006 to 2011 Group households, Rural Balance: +10 Older lone persons, Rural Balance: +29 Middle-aged lone persons, Rural Balance: +18 Young lone persons, Rural Balance: +32 Older couples without children, Rural Balance: +23 Middle-aged couples without children, Rural Balance: +33 Young couples without children, Rural Balance: +53
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the households without children in Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a smaller proportion of young couples without children, a larger proportion of middle-aged couples without children, and a larger proportion of older couples without children.

In addition, there were a larger proportion of young lone person households, a larger proportion of middle-aged lone person households, and a larger proportion of older lone person households.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households without children increased by 198.

The largest change in households without children in Rural Balance, between 2006 and 2011 was:

  • Young couples without children (+53 persons)