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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Household income quartiles

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the 'lowest' quartile was the largest group in 2011, comprising 30% 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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Lowest group24,99030.028.022,97029.927.7+2,020
Medium lowest23,57828.326.721,16727.526.1+2,411
Medium highest20,48524.624.219,21725.024.6+1,268
Highest group14,32517.221.013,50417.621.6+821

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 Queensland Weekly income by Census year
Household income ranges
2011
2006
2001
1996
1991
Lowest group $0 to $641 $0 to $554 $0 to $405 $0 to $336 $0 to $297
Medium lowest $642 to $1,226 $555 to $1,031 $406 to $734 $337 to $611 $298 to $528
Medium highest $1,227 to $2,146 $1,032 to $1,646 $735 to $1,230 $612 to $996 $529 to $868
Highest group $2,147 and over $1,647 and over $1,231 and over $997 and over $869 and over

Household income quartiles, 2011
Household income quartiles, 2011 Highest group, Regional QLD: 21.0% Medium highest, Regional QLD: 24.2% Medium lowest, Regional QLD: 26.7% Lowest group, Regional QLD: 28.0% Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 17.2% Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 24.6% Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 28.3% Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 30.0%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +821 Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,268 Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,411 Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,020
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region compared to Regional QLD 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2006 and 2011 was in the medium lowest quartile which showed an increase of 2,411 households.

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