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Perth Metropolitan Area

Household type

In the Perth Metropolitan Area, 32% of households were made up of couples with children in 2011, compared with 32% in Greater Perth.

The Perth Metropolitan Area'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, the Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Households by typeNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Couples with children208,94531.731.6180,42330.730.7+28,521
Couples without children169,11825.625.7147,14925.125.1+21,968
One parent families65,2639.99.959,26210.110.1+6,000
Other families8,9741.41.47,5551.31.3+1,419
Group household26,6274.04.020,9413.63.6+5,685
Lone person148,17122.522.4138,23223.623.6+9,939
Other not classifiable household25,3133.83.927,8034.74.7-2,490
Visitor only households7,2641.11.15,3960.90.9+1,867

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, Greater Perth: 22.4% Group household, Greater Perth: 4.0% Other families, Greater Perth: 1.4% One parent families, Greater Perth: 9.9% Couples without children, Greater Perth: 25.7% Couples with children, Greater Perth: 31.6% Lone person, Perth Metropolitan Area: 22.5% Group household, Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.0% Other families, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.4% One parent families, Perth Metropolitan Area: 9.9% Couples without children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 25.6% Couples with children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 31.7%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: +9,939 Group household, Perth Metropolitan Area: +5,685 Other families, Perth Metropolitan Area: +1,419 One parent families, Perth Metropolitan Area: +6,000 Couples without children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +21,968 Couples with children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +28,521
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 the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a similar proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 31.7% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 9.9% were one-parent families, compared with 31.6% and 9.9% respectively for Greater Perth.

There were a similar proportion of lone person households and a similar proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 22.5% compared to 22.4% in Greater Perth while the proportion of couples without children was 25.6% compared to 25.7% in Greater Perth.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Perth Metropolitan Area increased by 72,911 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types in the Perth Metropolitan Area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples with children (+28,521 households)
  • Couples without children (+21,968 households)
  • Lone person (+9,939 households)
  • One parent families (+6,000 households)

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