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Perth Metropolitan Area

Households with children

There are 114,470 couples with young children in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011, comprising 17% of households.

Households with Children require different services and facilities than other household types, and their needs change as both adults and children age. When many families in an area are at the same stage in their individual lifecycles, it creates a suburb lifecycle. Knowing where a suburb is in a cycle of change helps planners make evidence-based decisions about the demand for services both now and in the future.

For Households with Children in the Perth Metropolitan Area, life stage is based on the age of children in the household. The age of the parent(s) is not taken into account.

  • Young children: Children aged under 15 only
  • Mixed age children: One or more children under 15 and one or more children over 15 (must have 2 or more children)
  • Older children: Children aged 15 and over only

To continue building the story, the Perth Metropolitan Area's Household data should be viewed in conjunction with 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

Households with children by life stage
Perth Metropolitan Area - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Households with childrenNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Couples with children208,94531.731.6180,42330.730.7+28,521
Couples with young children114,47017.417.396,06316.416.4+18,407
Couples with mixed-age children30,3604.64.627,9484.84.8+2,411
Couples with older children64,1159.79.756,4119.69.6+7,703
Single parents with children65,2639.99.959,26210.110.1+6,000
Single parents with young children25,4493.93.924,8474.24.2+602
Single parents with mixed-age children8,1471.21.27,4801.31.3+667
Single parents with older children31,6674.84.826,9354.64.6+4,731
Total households with children274,20841.641.5239,68640.840.8+34,522

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

Households with children, 2011
Households with children, 2011 Single parents with older children, Greater Perth: 4.8% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Perth: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Greater Perth: 3.9% Couples with older children, Greater Perth: 9.7% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Perth: 4.6% Couples with young children, Greater Perth: 17.3% Single parents with older children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.8% Single parents with mixed-age children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.9% Couples with older children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 9.7% Couples with mixed-age children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.6% Couples with young children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 17.4%
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 households with children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households with children, 2006 to 2011 Single parents with older children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +4,731 Single parents with mixed-age children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +667 Single parents with young children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +602 Couples with older children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,703 Couples with mixed-age children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +2,411 Couples with young children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +18,407
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 families with children in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of couples with young children, as well as a similar proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 17.4% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 9.7% were couples with older children, compared with 17.3% and 9.7% respectively for Greater Perth.

There were a similar proportion of single parent households with young children and a similar proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 3.9% compared to 3.9% in Greater Perth while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 4.8% compared to 4.8% in Greater Perth.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households with children increased by 34,522 households or 14.4%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples with young children (+18,407 households)
  • Couples with older children (+7,703 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+4,731 households)
  • Couples with mixed-age children (+2,411 households)
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