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Shire of Murray

Household income quartiles

In Shire of Murray, the 'lowest' quartile was the largest group in 2011, comprising 34% 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 Shire of Murray'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
Shire of Murray - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Lowest group1,54434.124.01,24633.324.4+298
Medium lowest1,16025.624.592924.824.8+232
Medium highest1,00622.225.488023.525.0+125
Highest group81618.026.168418.325.9+132

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

Household income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for Western Australia Weekly income by Census year
Household income ranges
2011
2006
2001
1996
1991
Lowest group $0 to $693 $0 to $565 $0 to $416 $0 to $348 $0 to $305
Medium lowest $694 to $1,405 $566 to $1,062 $417 to $783 $349 to $651 $306 to $556
Medium highest $1,406 to $2,507 $1,063 to $1,774 $784 to $1,311 $652 to $1,094 $557 to $910
Highest group $2,508 and over $1,775 and over $1,312 and over $1,095 and over $911 and over

Household income quartiles, 2011
Household income quartiles, 2011 Highest group, Greater Perth: 26.1% Medium highest, Greater Perth: 25.4% Medium lowest, Greater Perth: 24.5% Lowest group, Greater Perth: 24.0% Highest group, Shire of Murray: 18.0% Medium highest, Shire of Murray: 22.2% Medium lowest, Shire of Murray: 25.6% Lowest group, Shire of Murray: 34.1%
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 income quartile, 2006 to 2011
Change in household income quartile, 2006 to 2011 Highest group, Shire of Murray: +132 Medium highest, Shire of Murray: +125 Medium lowest, Shire of Murray: +232 Lowest group, Shire of Murray: +298
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

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of households by income quartile in Shire of Murray compared to Greater Perth 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 Shire of Murray between 2006 and 2011 was in the lowest quartile which showed an increase of 298 households.

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