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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Household size

13% of Rockhampton's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households contain only one person, compared with 12% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in Queensland - ATSI.

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 can also be influenced by a lack (or abundance) of affordable housing. Indigenous persons often have a tradition of living with extended family members which significantly affects household size, and households can include multiple families.

Please note that this table counts indigenous households (households containing at least one indigenous person) by the number of persons resident. The number of persons resident can include both indigenous and non-indigenous persons.

For greater insight, Indigenous household size data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Type, Age Structure and Household Income .

Derived from the three Census questions:

'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2011 in this dwelling', and 'Where does the person usually live?', and 'Are there any persons who usually live in this dwelling who were absent on Census Night (Tuesday, 9 August 2011)?'

Family, group and lone person households

Household size
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households - Rockhampton20112006Change
Number of persons usually residentNumber%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2006 to 2011
1 person28512.512.224913.511.9+36
2 person57125.125.541322.424.9+158
3 person45820.119.738420.919.5+74
4 person40817.918.134118.518.1+67
5 person27612.111.621911.912.1+57
6 or more persons27912.313.023412.713.5+45

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

Household size, 2011
Household size, 2011 6 or more persons, Queensland - ATSI: 13.0% 5 person, Queensland - ATSI: 11.6% 4 person, Queensland - ATSI: 18.1% 3 person, Queensland - ATSI: 19.7% 2 person, Queensland - ATSI: 25.5% 1 person, Queensland - ATSI: 12.2% 6 or more persons, Rockhampton - ATSI: 12.3% 5 person, Rockhampton - ATSI: 12.1% 4 person, Rockhampton - ATSI: 17.9% 3 person, Rockhampton - ATSI: 20.1% 2 person, Rockhampton - ATSI: 25.1% 1 person, Rockhampton - ATSI: 12.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011 6 or more persons, Rockhampton: +45 5 person, Rockhampton: +57 4 person, Rockhampton: +67 3 person, Rockhampton: +74 2 person, Rockhampton: +158 1 person, Rockhampton: +36
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons usually resident in a household in Rockhampton compared with the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in Queensland - ATSI shows that there were a similar proportion of lone person households, and a similar proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 12.5% of lone person households, and 42.3% of larger households, compared with 12.2% and 42.6% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in Queensland - ATSI.

There were no major differences in household size between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households of Rockhampton and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households of Queensland - ATSI in 2011.

Emerging groups

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in Rockhampton increased by 437 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of persons usually resident in a household in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 2 person households (+158 households)
  • 3 person households (+74 households)
  • 4 person households (+67 households)
  • 5 person households (+57 households)

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