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Perth Metropolitan Area

Households without children

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

In the Perth Metropolitan Area, older couples without children account for 9% of total households in 2016.

Households without Children include couples without children and lone person households. They require different services depending on the age of the people in the households. For example young couples who have not had children (yet) compared to older "empty nester" couples whose children may have left home.

For Households without Children in the Perth Metropolitan Area, life stage is based on the age of the household reference person (usually person 1 on the Census form):

  • Young: Aged 15-44
  • Middle-aged: Aged 45-64
  • Older: Aged 65 and over

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 without children by life stage
Perth Metropolitan Area - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households without childrenNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Couples without children185,96925.425.4169,11825.625.7+16,851
Young couples without children62,1198.58.554,4408.38.3+7,679
Middle-aged couples without children57,7477.97.959,3999.09.0-1,652
Older couples without children66,1039.09.055,2798.48.4+10,824
Lone person households158,87621.721.7148,17122.522.4+10,705
Young lone persons46,2996.36.345,6586.96.9+641
Middle-aged lone persons51,3587.07.049,4047.57.5+1,955
Older lone persons61,2188.48.453,1098.18.0+8,109
Group households27,6363.83.826,6274.04.0+1,010
Total households without children372,48250.950.9343,91652.152.1+28,567

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

Households without children, 2016
Households without children, 2016 Group households, Greater Perth: 3.8% Older lone persons, Greater Perth: 8.4% Middle-aged lone persons, Greater Perth: 7.0% Young lone persons, Greater Perth: 6.3% Older couples without children, Greater Perth: 9.0% Middle-aged couples without children, Greater Perth: 7.9% Young couples without children, Greater Perth: 8.5% Group households, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.8% Older lone persons, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.4% Middle-aged lone persons, Perth Metropolitan Area: 7.0% Young lone persons, Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.3% Older couples without children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 9.0% Middle-aged couples without children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 7.9% Young couples without children, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.5%
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 households without children, 2011 to 2016
Change in households without children, 2011 to 2016 Group households, Perth Metropolitan Area: +1,010 Older lone persons, Perth Metropolitan Area: +8,109 Middle-aged lone persons, Perth Metropolitan Area: +1,955 Young lone persons, Perth Metropolitan Area: +641 Older couples without children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +10,824 Middle-aged couples without children, Perth Metropolitan Area: -1,652 Young couples without children, Perth Metropolitan Area: +7,679
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

Analysis of the households without children in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2016 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of young couples without children, a similar proportion of middle-aged couples without children, and a similar proportion of older couples without children.

In addition, there were a similar proportion of young lone person households, a similar proportion of middle-aged lone person households, and a similar proportion of older lone person households.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households without children increased by 28,566.

The largest changes in households without children in the Perth Metropolitan Area, between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Older couples without children (+10,824 persons)
  • Older lone persons (+8,109 persons)
  • Young couples without children (+7,679 persons)
  • Middle-aged lone persons (+1,955 persons)
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