In 2011, 24% of households in Coburg contained only one person, compared with 27% in the City of Moreland, with the most dominant household size being 2 persons per household.
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 can also be influenced by a lack (or abundance) of affordable housing. Overseas migrants and indigenous persons often have a tradition of living with extended family members which significantly affects household size.
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.
An increasing household size in an area may indicate a lack of affordable housing opportunities for young people, an increase in the birth rate or an increase in family formation in the area. A declining household size may indicate children leaving the area when they leave home, an increase in retirees settling in the area, or an attraction of young singles and couples to the area.
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)?'
Family, group and lone person households
|Number of persons usually resident||Number||%||City of Moreland %||Number||%||City of Moreland %||2006 to 2011|
|6 or more persons||303||3.3||2.9||312||3.7||2.8||-10||20006|
|Total classifiable households||9,138||100.0||100.0||8,555||100.0||100.0||+583|
Analysis of the number of persons usually resident in a household in Coburg compared with the City of Moreland shows that there were a lower proportion of lone person households, and a higher proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 24.2% of lone person households, and 25.7% of larger households, compared with 27.0% and 22.9% respectively for the City of Moreland.
The major differences in the household size for Coburg and the City of Moreland were:
- A larger percentage of households with 3 persons usually resident (18.4% compared to 16.7%)
- A larger percentage of households with 4 persons usually resident (16.2% compared to 14.5%)
- A smaller percentage of households with 1 person usually resident (24.2% compared to 27.0%)
- A smaller percentage of households with 2 persons usually resident (31.7% compared to 33.3%)
The number of households in Coburg increased by 583 between 2006 and 2011.
The largest changes in the number of persons usually resident in a household in Coburg between 2006 and 2011 were:
- 2 persons (+168 households)
- 3 persons (+141 households)
- 1 person (+132 households)
- 4 persons (+116 households)