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Households with children

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

There are 14,004 couples with young children in the RDA Northern Territory in 2016, comprising 18% 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 Northern Territory, 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 Northern Territory'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 Northern Territory - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households with childrenNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Couples with children22,33828.230.020,91028.829.0+1,428
Couples with young children14,00417.719.013,24018.217.9+764
Couples with mixed-age children3,5594.54.13,4054.74.3+154
Couples with older children4,7756.06.94,2655.96.8+510
Single parents with children7,2509.18.87,1729.99.6+78
Single parents with young children3,1494.03.83,4824.84.4-333
Single parents with mixed-age children1,1891.51.11,2011.71.4-12
Single parents with older children2,9123.73.82,4893.43.8+423
Total households with children29,58837.338.828,08238.738.7+1,506

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, Greater Darwin: 3.8% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Darwin: 1.1% Single parents with young children, Greater Darwin: 3.8% Couples with older children, Greater Darwin: 6.9% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Darwin: 4.1% Couples with young children, Greater Darwin: 19.0% Single parents with older children, RDA Northern Territory: 3.7% Single parents with mixed-age children, RDA Northern Territory: 1.5% Single parents with young children, RDA Northern Territory: 4.0% Couples with older children, RDA Northern Territory: 6.0% Couples with mixed-age children, RDA Northern Territory: 4.5% Couples with young children, RDA Northern Territory: 17.7%
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 Northern Territory: +423 Single parents with mixed-age children, RDA Northern Territory: -12 Single parents with young children, RDA Northern Territory: -333 Couples with older children, RDA Northern Territory: +510 Couples with mixed-age children, RDA Northern Territory: +154 Couples with young children, RDA Northern Territory: +764
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 Northern Territory in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a smaller proportion of couples with young children, as well as a smaller proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 17.7% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 6.0% were couples with older children, compared with 19.0% and 6.9% respectively for Greater Darwin.

There were a similar proportion of single parent households with young children and a similar proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 4.0% compared to 3.8% in Greater Darwin while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 3.7% compared to 3.8% in Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children increased by 1,506 households or 5.4%.

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

  • Couples with young children (+764 households)
  • Couples with older children (+510 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+423 households)
  • Single parents with young children (-333 households)
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