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Households with children

There are 13,240 couples with young children in the RDA Northern Territory in 2011, 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)20112006Change
Households with childrenNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Couples with children20,91028.829.019,06828.428.3+1,842
Couples with young children13,24018.217.912,12618.117.7+1,114
Couples with mixed-age children3,4054.74.33,1314.74.1+274
Couples with older children4,2655.96.83,8115.76.5+454
Single parents with children7,1729.99.67,21610.710.8-44
Single parents with young children3,4824.84.43,8195.75.7-337
Single parents with mixed-age children1,2011.71.41,2111.81.5-10
Single parents with older children2,4893.43.82,1863.33.6+303
Total households with children28,08238.738.726,28439.139.0+1,798

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

Households with children, 2011
Households with children, 2011 Single parents with older children, Greater Darwin: 3.8% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Darwin: 1.4% Single parents with young children, Greater Darwin: 4.4% Couples with older children, Greater Darwin: 6.8% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Darwin: 4.3% Couples with young children, Greater Darwin: 17.9% Single parents with older children, RDA Northern Territory: 3.4% Single parents with mixed-age children, RDA Northern Territory: 1.7% Single parents with young children, RDA Northern Territory: 4.8% Couples with older children, RDA Northern Territory: 5.9% Couples with mixed-age children, RDA Northern Territory: 4.7% Couples with young children, RDA Northern Territory: 18.2%
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 with children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households with children, 2006 to 2011 Single parents with older children, RDA Northern Territory: +303 Single parents with mixed-age children, RDA Northern Territory: -10 Single parents with young children, RDA Northern Territory: -337 Couples with older children, RDA Northern Territory: +454 Couples with mixed-age children, RDA Northern Territory: +274 Couples with young children, RDA Northern Territory: +1,114
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 families with children in the RDA Northern Territory in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a similar proportion of couples with young children, and a smaller proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 18.2% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 5.9% were couples with older children, compared with 17.9% and 6.8% 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 4.8% compared to 4.4% in Greater Darwin while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 3.4% compared to 3.8% in Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households with children increased by 1,798 households or 6.8%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples with young children (+1,114 households)
  • Couples with older children (+454 households)
  • Single parents with young children (-337 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+303 households)
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