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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Household size

19% of the City of Newcastle's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households contain only one person, compared with 15% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in New South Wales - ATSI.

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. Indigenous persons often have a tradition of living with extended family members which significantly affects household size, and households can include multiple families.

Please note that this table counts indigenous households (households containing at least one indigenous person) by the number of persons resident. The number of persons resident can include both indigenous and non-indigenous persons.

For greater insight, Indigenous household size data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Type, Age Structure and Household Income .

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

Household size
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households - City of Newcastle20112006Change
Number of persons usually residentNumber%New South Wales - ATSI %Number%New South Wales - ATSI %2006 to 2011
1 person37818.815.027318.114.2+105
2 person60830.227.246730.927.0+141
3 person42020.919.930920.420.4+111
4 person29514.717.925316.718.7+42
5 person1809.010.71369.010.8+44
6 or more persons1296.49.3744.98.9+55

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

Household size, 2011
Household size, 2011 6 or more persons, New South Wales - ATSI: 9.3% 5 person, New South Wales - ATSI: 10.7% 4 person, New South Wales - ATSI: 17.9% 3 person, New South Wales - ATSI: 19.9% 2 person, New South Wales - ATSI: 27.2% 1 person, New South Wales - ATSI: 15.0% 6 or more persons, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 6.4% 5 person, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 9.0% 4 person, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 14.7% 3 person, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 20.9% 2 person, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 30.2% 1 person, City of Newcastle - ATSI: 18.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011 6 or more persons, City of Newcastle: +55 5 person, City of Newcastle: +44 4 person, City of Newcastle: +42 3 person, City of Newcastle: +111 2 person, City of Newcastle: +141 1 person, City of Newcastle: +105
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons usually resident in a household in the City of Newcastle compared with the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in New South Wales - ATSI shows that there were a higher proportion of lone person households, and a lower proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 18.8% of lone person households, and 30.0% of larger households, compared with 15.0% and 37.9% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in New South Wales - ATSI.

The major differences between household size for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households of City of Newcastle and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households of New South Wales - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of households with 1 person usually resident (18.8% compared to 15.0%)
  • A larger percentage of households with 2 person usually resident (30.2% compared to 27.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of households with 4 person usually resident (14.7% compared to 17.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of households with 6 or more persons usually resident (6.4% compared to 9.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in City of Newcastle increased by 498 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of persons usually resident in a household in the City of Newcastle between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 2 person households (+141 households)
  • 3 person households (+111 households)
  • 1 person households (+105 households)
  • 6 or more persons households (+55 households)

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