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In Rural Balance, 37% of households were made up of couples with children in 2011, compared with 43% in the City of Melton.

Rural Balance's household and family structure is one of the most important demographic indicators. It reveals the area's residential role and function, era of settlement and provides key insights into the level of demand for services and facilities as most are related to age and household types.

To continue building the story, Rural Balance's Household Summary should be viewed in conjunction with Households with Children, Households without Children, 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

Household type
Rural Balance20112006Change
Households by typeNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children48636.743.443941.744.3+48
map this data in atlas.idCouples without children34526.021.223522.321.5+110
map this data in atlas.idOne parent families987.413.0848.012.8+13
Other families
60.51.170.70.9-1
map this data in atlas.idGroup household302.22.1201.91.9+10
map this data in atlas.idLone person27420.715.719518.614.9+78
Other not classifiable household
715.33.2575.43.3+14
Visitor only households
161.20.4151.50.4+1

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

Household type, 2011
Household type, 2011 Lone person, City of Melton: 15.7% Group household, City of Melton: 2.1% Other families, City of Melton: 1.1% One parent families, City of Melton: 13.0% Couples without children, City of Melton: 21.2% Couples with children, City of Melton: 43.4% Lone person, Rural Balance: 20.7% Group household, Rural Balance: 2.2% Other families, Rural Balance: 0.5% One parent families, Rural Balance: 7.4% Couples without children, Rural Balance: 26.0% Couples with children, Rural Balance: 36.7%
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 household type, 2006 to 2011
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011 Lone person, Rural Balance: +78 Group household, Rural Balance: +10 Other families, Rural Balance: -1 One parent families, Rural Balance: +13 Couples without children, Rural Balance: +110 Couples with children, Rural Balance: +48
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 household/family types in Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a lower proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a lower proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 36.7% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 7.4% were one-parent families, compared with 43.4% and 13.0% respectively for the City of Melton.

There were a higher proportion of lone person households and a higher proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 20.7% compared to 15.7% in the City of Melton while the proportion of couples without children was 26.0% compared to 21.2% in the City of Melton.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Rural Balance increased by 273 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types in Rural Balance between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples without children (+110 households)
  • Lone person (+78 households)