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Non-English speakers - Household size

In Rockhampton, 27.0% of non-English speakers were found in households with 4 persons.

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 may differ significantly for non-English speaking populations. Some cultural groups may be affected by the availability of affordable housing, and may have a preference for living in larger households with extended family members. On the other hand, recent arrivals in student housing may have mainly 1 and 2 person households.

Household size in Australia has declined since the 1970s but between 2006 and 2011, the average household size remained stable for the nation as a whole.

A comparison with Dwelling Type and Number of Bedrooms data may indicate whether overcrowding is an issue for non-English speaking populations.

Household size should be viewed in conjunction with Household Type, Age Structure, Dwelling Type, and Household Income.

Derived from the three Census questions:

'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2016 in this dwelling', and 'Where does the person usually live?', and 'Name of each person who usually lives in this dwelling but was away on Tuesday, 9 August 2016.'

People speaking a language other than English at home, counted in private dwellings

Household size
Rockhampton - Non-English speakers20112006Change
Number of persons usually residentNumber%Brisbane SDNumber%Brisbane SD2006 to 2011
1 person2566.55.71617.46.5+95
2 persons92423.319.555425.420.2+370
3 persons85821.620.847421.720.2+384
4 persons1,07127.025.757926.625.4+492
5 persons49512.514.02139.814.1+282
6 or more persons3609.114.41999.113.7+161

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, Brisbane SD: 14.4% 5 persons, Brisbane SD: 14.0% 4 persons, Brisbane SD: 25.7% 3 persons, Brisbane SD: 20.8% 2 persons, Brisbane SD: 19.5% 1 person, Brisbane SD: 5.7% 6 or more persons, Rockhampton: 9.1% 5 persons, Rockhampton: 12.5% 4 persons, Rockhampton: 27.0% 3 persons, Rockhampton: 21.6% 2 persons, Rockhampton: 23.3% 1 person, Rockhampton: 6.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011 6 or more persons, Rockhampton: +161 5 persons, Rockhampton: +282 4 persons, Rockhampton: +492 3 persons, Rockhampton: +384 2 persons, Rockhampton: +370 1 person, Rockhampton: +95
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 number of non-English speakers usually resident in a household in Rockhampton compared with Brisbane SD shows that there was a higher proportion of non-English speakers in lone person households, and a lower proportion in larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there was 6.5% of non-English speakers in lone person households, and 48.6% in larger households, compared with 5.7% and 54.0% respectively for Brisbane SD.

The major differences between the household size for non-English speakers in Rockhampton and Brisbane SD were:

  • A larger percentage of people in households with 2 persons usually resident (23.3% compared to 19.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people in households with 4 persons usually resident (27.0% compared to 25.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 6 or more persons usually resident (9.1% compared to 14.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 5 persons usually resident (12.5% compared to 14.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of non-English speakers in households in Rockhampton increased by 1,784 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of non-English speakers usually resident in a household in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 4 persons (+492 persons)
  • 3 persons (+384 persons)
  • 2 persons (+370 persons)
  • 5 persons (+282 persons)

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