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In Rockhampton, 27% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016, compared with 26% 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)20162011Change
Households by typeNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children8,22726.826.18,21428.227.4+13
map this data in atlas.idCouples without children7,38424.026.87,15524.627.5+229
map this data in atlas.idOne parent families3,90512.710.53,51412.110.4+391
Other families
map this data in atlas.idGroup household1,0063.33.81,0123.53.9-6
map this data in atlas.idLone person7,47024.322.56,90723.721.9+563
Other not classifiable household
Visitor only households

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Household type, 2016
Household type, 2016 Lone person, Regional QLD: 22.5% Group household, Regional QLD: 3.8% Other families, Regional QLD: 0.9% One parent families, Regional QLD: 10.5% Couples without children, Regional QLD: 26.8% Couples with children, Regional QLD: 26.1% Lone person, Rockhampton: 24.3% Group household, Rockhampton: 3.3% Other families, Rockhampton: 1.2% One parent families, Rockhampton: 12.7% Couples without children, Rockhampton: 24.0% Couples with children, Rockhampton: 26.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in household type, 2011 to 2016
Change in household type, 2011 to 2016 Lone person, Rockhampton: +563 Group household, Rockhampton: -6 Other families, Rockhampton: +4 One parent families, Rockhampton: +391 Couples without children, Rockhampton: +229 Couples with children, Rockhampton: +13
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the household/family types in Rockhampton in 2016 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, 26.8% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 12.7% were one-parent families, compared with 26.1% and 10.5% 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 24.3% compared to 22.5% in Regional QLD while the proportion of couples without children was 24.0% compared to 26.8% in Regional QLD.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Rockhampton increased by 1,619 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in family/household types in Rockhampton between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Lone person (+563 households)
  • One parent families (+391 households)
  • Couples without children (+229 households)