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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Households without children

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In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, older couples without children account for 11% 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 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 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 without children by life stage
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households without childrenNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Couples without children28,44827.426.827,28428.027.5+1,164
Young couples without children5,6045.45.95,2675.46.4+337
Middle-aged couples without children11,17810.810.211,93512.211.6-757
Older couples without children11,66611.310.610,08210.39.6+1,584
Lone person households25,53324.622.523,58824.221.9+1,945
Young lone persons5,8115.65.15,5975.75.5+214
Middle-aged lone persons8,5318.27.98,0818.37.9+450
Older lone persons11,19110.89.59,91010.28.5+1,281
Group households2,9892.93.82,8332.93.9+156
Total households without children56,97054.953.053,70555.153.2+3,265

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, Regional QLD: 3.8% Older lone persons, Regional QLD: 9.5% Middle-aged lone persons, Regional QLD: 7.9% Young lone persons, Regional QLD: 5.1% Older couples without children, Regional QLD: 10.6% Middle-aged couples without children, Regional QLD: 10.2% Young couples without children, Regional QLD: 5.9% Group households, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.9% Older lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.8% Middle-aged lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.2% Young lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.6% Older couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.3% Middle-aged couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.8% Young couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.4%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +156 Older lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,281 Middle-aged lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +450 Young lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +214 Older couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,584 Middle-aged couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -757 Young couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +337
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a smaller proportion of young couples without children, a larger proportion of middle-aged couples without children, and a larger proportion of older couples without children.

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

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households without children increased by 3,265.

The largest changes in households without children in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Older couples without children (+1,584 persons)
  • Older lone persons (+1,281 persons)
  • Middle-aged couples without children (-757 persons)
  • Middle-aged lone persons (+450 persons)
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