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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Households with children

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

There are 15,613 couples with young children in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016, comprising 15% 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households with childrenNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Couples with children27,27226.326.127,58328.327.4-311
Couples with young children15,61315.114.816,31816.716.0-705
Couples with mixed-age children4,2734.13.94,4454.64.2-172
Couples with older children7,3867.17.46,8207.07.2+566
Single parents with children10,1929.810.59,5399.810.4+653
Single parents with young children4,5314.44.54,5804.74.8-49
Single parents with mixed-age children1,4061.41.31,2921.31.4+114
Single parents with older children4,2554.14.63,6673.84.2+588
Total households with children37,46436.136.637,12238.137.8+342

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

Households with children, 2016
Households with children, 2016 Single parents with older children, Regional QLD: 4.6% Single parents with mixed-age children, Regional QLD: 1.3% Single parents with young children, Regional QLD: 4.5% Couples with older children, Regional QLD: 7.4% Couples with mixed-age children, Regional QLD: 3.9% Couples with young children, Regional QLD: 14.8% Single parents with older children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.1% Single parents with mixed-age children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.4% Single parents with young children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.4% Couples with older children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.1% Couples with mixed-age children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.1% Couples with young children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 15.1%
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 with children, 2011 to 2016
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016 Single parents with older children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +588 Single parents with mixed-age children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +114 Single parents with young children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -49 Couples with older children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +566 Couples with mixed-age children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -172 Couples with young children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -705
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 families with children in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a similar proportion of couples with young children, as well as a similar proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 15.1% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 7.1% were couples with older children, compared with 14.8% and 7.4% respectively for Regional QLD.

There were a similar proportion of single parent households with young children and a smaller proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 4.4% compared to 4.5% in Regional QLD while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 4.1% compared to 4.6% in Regional QLD.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children increased by 342 households or 0.9%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with young children (-705 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+588 households)
  • Couples with older children (+566 households)
  • Couples with mixed-age children (-172 households)
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