Rockhampton Regional CouncilCommunity profile

2016 Census data has been released and we are busy processing it to update this website. Read our plan.

Skip to content

In Rockhampton, 28% of households were made up of couples with children in 2011, compared with 27% in Regional QLD.

Rockhampton's household and family structure is one of the most important demographic indicators. It reveals the area's residential role and function, era of settlement and provides key insights into the level of demand for services and facilities as most are related to age and household types.

To continue building the story, Rockhampton's Household Summary should be viewed in conjunction with Households with Children, Households without Children, 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)?’


Household type
Rockhampton - Total households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Households by typeNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children8,21428.227.47,67728.227.4+537
map this data in atlas.idCouples without children7,15524.627.56,69324.626.9+462
map this data in atlas.idOne parent families3,51412.110.43,37012.410.0+144
Other families
map this data in atlas.idGroup household1,0123.53.99693.63.7+43
map this data in atlas.idLone person6,90723.721.96,38523.520.8+522
Other not classifiable household
Visitor only households

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

Household type, 2011
Household type, 2011 Lone person, Regional QLD: 21.9% Group household, Regional QLD: 3.9% Other families, Regional QLD: 1.0% One parent families, Regional QLD: 10.4% Couples without children, Regional QLD: 27.5% Couples with children, Regional QLD: 27.4% Lone person, Rockhampton: 23.7% Group household, Rockhampton: 3.5% Other families, Rockhampton: 1.2% One parent families, Rockhampton: 12.1% Couples without children, Rockhampton: 24.6% Couples with children, Rockhampton: 28.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011 Lone person, Rockhampton: +522 Group household, Rockhampton: +43 Other families, Rockhampton: +12 One parent families, Rockhampton: +144 Couples without children, Rockhampton: +462 Couples with children, Rockhampton: +537
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the household/family types in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a higher proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 28.2% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 12.1% were one-parent families, compared with 27.4% and 10.4% respectively for Regional QLD.

There were a higher proportion of lone person households and a lower proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 23.7% compared to 21.9% in Regional QLD while the proportion of couples without children was 24.6% compared to 27.5% in Regional QLD.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Rockhampton increased by 1,891 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples with children (+537 households)
  • Lone person (+522 households)
  • Couples without children (+462 households)
  • One parent families (+144 households)