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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Households without children

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, older couples without children account for 10% of total households in 2011.

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)20112006Change
Households without childrenNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Couples without children27,28428.027.525,14428.126.9+2,140
Young couples without children5,2675.46.45,3966.06.4-130
Middle-aged couples without children11,93512.211.611,42312.811.9+511
Older couples without children10,08210.39.68,3249.38.7+1,758
Lone person households23,58824.221.920,80323.220.8+2,785
Young lone persons5,5975.75.55,3726.05.6+225
Middle-aged lone persons8,0818.37.96,8497.77.4+1,232
Older lone persons9,91010.28.58,5819.67.9+1,329
Group households2,8332.93.92,7443.13.7+89
Total households without children53,70555.153.248,69254.451.5+5,013

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

Households without children, 2011
Households without children, 2011 Group households, Regional QLD: 3.9% Older lone persons, Regional QLD: 8.5% Middle-aged lone persons, Regional QLD: 7.9% Young lone persons, Regional QLD: 5.5% Older couples without children, Regional QLD: 9.6% Middle-aged couples without children, Regional QLD: 11.6% Young couples without children, Regional QLD: 6.4% Group households, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.9% Older lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.2% Middle-aged lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.3% Young lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.7% Older couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.3% Middle-aged couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.2% Young couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 5.4%
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 households without children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households without children, 2006 to 2011 Group households, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +89 Older lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,329 Middle-aged lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,232 Young lone persons, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +225 Older couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,758 Middle-aged couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +511 Young couples without children, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -130
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

Analysis of the households without children in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 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 similar 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 2006 and 2011, the number of households without children increased by 5,013.

The largest changes in households without children in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Older couples without children (+1,758 persons)
  • Older lone persons (+1,329 persons)
  • Middle-aged lone persons (+1,232 persons)
  • Middle-aged couples without children (+511 persons)
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