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Low income households - Household type

In Rockhampton, 3.1% of households were made up of couples with children compared with 4.7% in Queensland.

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.

This topic breaks down household and family type specifically for those households on low incomes (relative to national averages). There may be correlations with specific household types. For example, an area with many pensioners on low incomes is likely to have a large number of couples without children and lone person households.

Note that household income is connected to household size - the potential for a lone person household to have a high income is less than for a household containing 5 adults. This may skew the results a little to the smaller household types when comparing to the total population, but should not affect geographic comparisons.

To continue building the story, Rockhampton's household and family types should be viewed in conjunction with Age Structure and Dwelling Types.

Derived from the Census question:

‘What is the person’s relationship (to each other person in the household)?’

Low income households in private dwellings

Household type
Rockhampton - Low income households20112006Change
Households by typeNumber%QueenslandNumber%Queensland2006 to 2011
Couple with children2653.14.72513.24.8+14
Couple without children2,04323.722.82,07126.625.7-28
One parent family1,12513.112.985811.011.0+267
Other Family420.50.8620.80.9-20
Group household770.91.91001.32.1-23
Lone person household5,05258.756.94,43157.055.4+621
Other non-classifiable household00.00.000.00.00

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 household, Queensland: 56.9% Group household, Queensland: 1.9% Other Family, Queensland: 0.8% One parent family, Queensland: 12.9% Couple without children, Queensland: 22.8% Couple with children, Queensland: 4.7% Lone person household, Rockhampton: 58.7% Group household, Rockhampton: 0.9% Other Family, Rockhampton: 0.5% One parent family, Rockhampton: 13.1% Couple without children, Rockhampton: 23.7% Couple with children, Rockhampton: 3.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011 Lone person household, Rockhampton: +621 Group household, Rockhampton: -23 Other Family, Rockhampton: -20 One parent family, Rockhampton: +267 Couple without children, Rockhampton: -28 Couple with children, Rockhampton: +14
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the household/family types of low income households in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a similar proportion in one-parent families. Overall, 3.1% of low income households were couple families with child(ren), and 13.1% one-parent families, compared with 4.7% and 12.9% respectively for Queensland.

There were a higher proportion of lone person households and a higher proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of low income lone person households was 58.7% compared to 56.9% for Queensland while the proportion in couples without children was 23.7% compared to 22.8% for Queensland.

Emerging groups

The number of low income households in Rockhampton increased by 831 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types of low income households in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Lone person household (+621 households)
  • One parent family (+267 households)

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