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Recent arrivals - Household size

In Rockhampton, 29.4% of recent arrivals were found in households with 4 persons.

The size of households in general follows the life-cycle of families. Households are usually small at the stage of relationship formation (early marriage), and then increase in size with the advent of children. They later reduce in size again as these children reach adulthood and leave home.

Household size for recent arrivals may be influenced by the availability of affordable housing, and the prevalence of arrivals staying with extended family, which is common in many areas.

Household size in Australia has declined since the 1970s but between 2006 and 2011, the average household size remained stable for the nation as a whole.

A comparison with Dwelling Type and Number of Bedrooms data may indicate whether overcrowding is an issue for recently arrived populations.

Derived from the three Census questions:

'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2016 in this dwelling', and 'Where does the person usually live?', and 'Name of each person who usually lives in this dwelling but was away on Tuesday, 9 August 2016.'

People born overseas and arriving in Australia between 2006 and 9 Aug 2011, counted in private dwellings

Household size
Rockhampton - Recent arrivals2011
Number of persons usually residentNumber%Brisbane SD
1 person1053.83.1
2 persons61622.119.8
3 persons59821.420.6
4 persons81929.427.7
5 persons38913.914.9
6 or more persons2639.413.9

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 (Enumerated data). Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.

Household size, 2011
Household size, 2011 6 or more persons, Brisbane SD: 13.9% 5 persons, Brisbane SD: 14.9% 4 persons, Brisbane SD: 27.7% 3 persons, Brisbane SD: 20.6% 2 persons, Brisbane SD: 19.8% 1 person, Brisbane SD: 3.1% 6 or more persons, Rockhampton: 9.4% 5 persons, Rockhampton: 13.9% 4 persons, Rockhampton: 29.4% 3 persons, Rockhampton: 21.4% 2 persons, Rockhampton: 22.1% 1 person, Rockhampton: 3.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of recent arrivals usually resident in a household in Rockhampton, shows that there was a higher proportion of recent arrivals in lone person households, and a lower proportion in larger households (those with 4 persons or more) compared with Brisbane SD in 2011. Overall there was 3.8% of recent arrivals in lone person households, and 52.7% of larger households, compared with 3.1% and 56.4% respectively for Brisbane SD.

The major differences between the household size for recent arrivals in Rockhampton and Brisbane SD were:

  • A larger percentage of people in households with 2 persons usually resident (22.1% compared to 19.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people in households with 4 persons usually resident (29.4% compared to 27.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 6 or more persons usually resident (9.4% compared to 13.9%)