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The Hills Shire

Households with children

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

There are 12,725 couples with young children in The Hills Shire in 2016, comprising 26% of households.

Households with Children require different services and facilities than other household types, and their needs change as both adults and children age. When many families in an area are at the same stage in their individual lifecycles, it creates a suburb lifecycle. Knowing where a suburb is in a cycle of change helps planners make evidence-based decisions about the demand for services both now and in the future.

For Households with Children in The Hills Shire, life stage is based on the age of children in the household. The age of the parent(s) is not taken into account.

  • Young children: Children aged under 15 only
  • Mixed age children: One or more children under 15 and one or more children over 15 (must have 2 or more children)
  • Older children: Children aged 15 and over only

To continue building the story, The Hills Shire's Household data should be viewed in conjunction with 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)?’

Households

Households with children by life stage
The Hills Shire - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households with childrenNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children26,05553.135.323,50652.134.8+2,549
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children12,72525.918.811,36725.218.3+1,357
Couples with mixed-age children
3,7317.64.73,4787.74.9+252
Couples with older children
9,59919.611.88,65919.211.6+939
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children4,0458.210.43,8418.510.8+204
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children1,1202.33.31,2192.73.7-100
Single parents with mixed-age children
4851.01.24481.01.3+37
Single parents with older children
2,4405.06.02,1734.85.8+266
Total households with children
30,10061.445.827,34760.645.6+2,753

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

Households with children, 2016
Households with children, 2016 Single parents with older children, Greater Sydney: 6.0% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Couples with older children, Greater Sydney: 11.8% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Couples with young children, Greater Sydney: 18.8% Single parents with older children, The Hills Shire: 5.0% Single parents with mixed-age children, The Hills Shire: 1.0% Single parents with young children, The Hills Shire: 2.3% Couples with older children, The Hills Shire: 19.6% Couples with mixed-age children, The Hills Shire: 7.6% Couples with young children, The Hills Shire: 25.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016 Single parents with older children, The Hills Shire: +266 Single parents with mixed-age children, The Hills Shire: +37 Single parents with young children, The Hills Shire: -100 Couples with older children, The Hills Shire: +939 Couples with mixed-age children, The Hills Shire: +252 Couples with young children, The Hills Shire: +1,357
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the families with children in The Hills Shire in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a larger proportion of couples with young children, as well as a larger proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 25.9% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 19.6% were couples with older children, compared with 18.8% and 11.8% respectively for Greater Sydney.

There were a smaller proportion of single parent households with young children and a smaller proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 2.3% compared to 3.3% in Greater Sydney while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 5.0% compared to 6.0% in Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children increased by 2,753 households or 10.1%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with young children (+1,357 households)
  • Couples with older children (+939 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+266 households)
  • Couples with mixed-age children (+252 households)
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