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West Region

Household income quartiles

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In West Region, the 'highest' quartile was the largest group in 2016, comprising 28% of households with income.

Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. Household Income is one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to reveal West Region's socio-economic status and economic opportunities. Household income levels are not comparable over time because of the influences of economic change such as wage level fluctuations and inflation. The income quartile method is a powerful and objective way of looking at income data and in particular, how it is changing.

A detailed explanation of how Household Income quartiles are calculated and interpreted is available in specific data notes.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the total of all wages/salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and other income the person usually receives?'

Households

Household income quartiles
West Region - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
Lowest group1,57123.318.61,65424.218.3-83
Medium lowest1,59323.619.51,71825.220.7-125
Medium highest1,66724.723.91,61023.623.7+57
Highest group1,91928.438.01,84327.037.4+76

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Household income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for South Australia Weekly income by Census year
Household income ranges
2016
2011
2006
2001
1996
1991
Lowest group $0 to $667 $0 to $554 $0 to $488 $0 to $375 $0 to $294 $0 to $278
Medium lowest $668 to $1,203 $555 to $1,042 $489 to $885 $376 to $675 $295 to $552 $279 to $505
Medium highest $1,204 to $2,104 $1,043 to $1,869 $886 to $1,466 $676 to $1,157 $553 to $933 $506 to $848
Highest group $2,105 and over $1,870 and over $1,467 and over $1,158 and over $934 and over $849 and over

Household income quartiles, 2016
Household income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, City of Mitcham: 38.0% Medium highest, City of Mitcham: 23.9% Medium lowest, City of Mitcham: 19.5% Lowest group, City of Mitcham: 18.6% Highest group, West Region: 28.4% Medium highest, West Region: 24.7% Medium lowest, West Region: 23.6% Lowest group, West Region: 23.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in household income quartile, 2011 to 2016
Change in household income quartile, 2011 to 2016 Highest group, West Region: +76 Medium highest, West Region: +57 Medium lowest, West Region: -125 Lowest group, West Region: -83
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of households by income quartile in West Region compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was lesser proportion of households in the highest income quartile and a greater proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in West Region between 2011 and 2016 was in the medium lowest quartile which showed a slight decrease of -125 households.

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