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Overseas born - Household size

In the City of Melton, 26.7% of people born overseas were found in households with 4 persons.

The size of households in general follows the life-cycle of families. Households are usually small at the stage of relationship formation (early marriage), and then increase in size with the advent of children. They later reduce in size again as these children reach adulthood and leave home.

Household size may differ significantly for overseas-born populations. Some cultural groups may be affected by the availability of affordable housing, and may have a preference for living in larger households with extended family members. On the other hand recent arrivals in student housing may have mainly 1 and 2 person households.

Household size in Australia has declined since the 1970s but between 2006 and 2011, the average household size remained stable for the nation as a whole.

A comparison with Dwelling Type and Number of Bedrooms data may indicate whether overcrowding is an issue for overseas-born populations. Please note however that multiple overseas-born people in a household will be counted multiple times in this topic.

Household size should be viewed in conjunction with Household Type, Age Structure, Household Income and Language Spoken at Home.

Derived from the three Census questions:

'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2011 in this dwelling', and 'Where does the person usually live?', and 'Are there any persons who usually live in this dwelling who were absent on Census Night (Tuesday, 9 August 2011)?'

People born overseas, counted in private dwellings

Household size
City of Melton - Overseas born20112006Change
Number of persons usually residentNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
1 person1,7675.99.61,1556.110.1+612
2 persons6,40921.528.74,36523.229.2+2,044
3 persons5,82619.620.23,58619.120.0+2,240
4 persons7,93826.721.85,04426.821.9+2,894
5 persons4,19014.110.92,58013.710.9+1,610
6 or more persons3,65012.38.92,06611.08.0+1,584

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

Household size, 2011
Household size, 2011 6 or more persons, Greater Melbourne: 8.9% 5 persons, Greater Melbourne: 10.9% 4 persons, Greater Melbourne: 21.8% 3 persons, Greater Melbourne: 20.2% 2 persons, Greater Melbourne: 28.7% 1 person, Greater Melbourne: 9.6% 6 or more persons, City of Melton: 12.3% 5 persons, City of Melton: 14.1% 4 persons, City of Melton: 26.7% 3 persons, City of Melton: 19.6% 2 persons, City of Melton: 21.5% 1 person, City of Melton: 5.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011 6 or more persons, City of Melton: +1,584 5 persons, City of Melton: +1,610 4 persons, City of Melton: +2,894 3 persons, City of Melton: +2,240 2 persons, City of Melton: +2,044 1 person, City of Melton: +612
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of people born overseas usually resident in a household in the City of Melton compared with Greater Melbourne, shows that there were a lower proportion of people born overseas in lone person households, and a higher proportion in larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 5.9% of people born overseas in lone person households, and 53.0% in larger households, compared with 9.6% and 41.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the household size for people born overseas in the City of Melton and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people in households with 4 persons usually resident (26.7% compared to 21.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people in households with 6 or more persons usually resident (12.3% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 2 persons usually resident (21.5% compared to 28.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 1 person usually resident (5.9% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of people born overseas in households in the City of Melton increased by 10,984 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of people born overseas usually resident in a household in the City of Melton between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 4 persons (+2,894 persons)
  • 3 persons (+2,240 persons)
  • 2 persons (+2,044 persons)
  • 5 persons (+1,610 persons)