Households in Australia
Type of households
In 2011 there were 7,760,000 households in Australia.
- 71.5% comprised of families
- 24.3% were occupied by a person living alone
- 4.1% were represented by groups of unrelated persons (share houses).
When comparing data from 1986 to 2011, the statistics show:
- family households declined (77.1% in 1986 to 71.5% in 2011)
- one-person households increased (19% in 1986 to 24% in 2011)
- most of change in the representation of family and one-person households took place during the 10-year period between 1986 and 1996.
Household sizes in Australia have declined dramatically in the last 100 years:
- the average household was 4.5 people in 1911, compared to 2.6 in 2011
- little has change in household sizes since 1996.
According to ABS projections, 2011-2036, Series B:
- the number of households in Australia is projected to increase by 50% (8.42million in 2011 to 12.73million in 2036).
- the number of family households is projected to increase by 46.7% (6.14million in 2011 to 9.01million in 2036).