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Low income households - Introduction

There were 13,774 people in low income households living in Rockhampton.

Those on low incomes may have quite different characteristics and living arrangments from the total population, and many local government, state government and federal government services are targeted at those with limited financial means, so it is an important group to understand.

Low income households for the purposes of the communities of interest profiles is defined as households falling into approximately the bottom 25% of incomes across Australia. For 2011, this includes households with incomes below $600 per week, while in 2006 it includes households with incomes below $500 per week. Direct comparisons are made between these differing cutoffs.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the total of all wages/salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and other income the person usually receives?'

Low income households

Key statistics
Rockhampton - Low income households20112006Change
Number%QueenslandNumber%Queensland2006 to 2011
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years1,65812.014.41,6589.011.9+540
15 - 24 years8396.18.98395.47.9+172
25 - 64 years5,14537.439.45,14539.640.7+242
65 years or more6,19345.038.06,19346.340.1+468
Total population13,774100.0100.013,774100.0100.0+1,405
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school8485.86.28484.45.2+269
Secondary school4232.93.94232.73.4+70
Tertiary (University and TAFE)3652.55.53653.14.9-41
Not attending12,13883.078.412,13883.179.3+1,237
Highest qualification achieved--------------
Other post-school2,02915.916.92,02913.314.1+452
No qualification8,24464.560.08,24468.063.4+202
Unemployment rate62221.923.862229.224.2-14
Participation rate2,84222.627.82,84218.622.5+667
Occupations Top 3--------------
Community and Personal Service Workers33816.814.833813.612.9+149
Average household size--------------
Average household size1.53--1.681.52--1.670.01
Household type--------------
Couple with children2653.14.72653.24.8+14
Couple without children2,04323.722.82,04326.625.7-28
One parent family1,12513.112.91,12511.011.0+267
Group household770.91.9771.32.1-23
Lone person household5,05258.756.95,05257.055.4+621
Housing tenure--------------
Fully owned4,43949.345.94,43951.749.7+244
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house6,66373.965.96,66374.566.6+624
Medium density1,68218.723.51,68217.623.4+257
High density840.95.9840.64.8+33

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

Topics available for low income households

Data notes

Please note that topics counting persons (such as age structure, birthplace and qualifications) are actually counting ALL persons in low income households. Therefore an individual low income household will be counted more than once if it contains more than one person (as all household types except lone person households do).

Households where one or more people in the household did not state their income are excluded from the household income classification, and are not defined as low income, even if the sum of the incomes which were stated would otherwise put the household in that category.