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Ancestry - Afghan
Household size

In 2011, the dominant household size for people with Afghan ancestry was 6 or more persons compared to New South Wales at 2 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 different ancestral communities. 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.

For greater insight, Afghan Household Size data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Summary, Age Structure, Household Income and Language Spoken at Home.

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2011 in this dwelling'
  • 'Where does the person usually live?'
  • 'Are there any persons who usually live in this dwelling who were absent on Census Night (Tuesday, 9 August 2011)?'
  • 'What is the person's ancestry?'(multi-response)

  • People with Afghan ancestry living in private households
Household size
Ancestry - Afghan20112006Change
Number of persons usually residentNumberAfghan %% of total NSW populationNumberAfghan %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
1 person2312.39.91471.89.9+84
2 persons7948.125.36207.425.6+174
3 persons1,07610.918.293011.118.2+146
4 persons2,00620.424.01,51018.024.1+496
5 persons1,88019.113.51,78521.313.7+95
6 or more persons3,84639.18.93,38640.48.4+460

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, Total New South Wales population: 8.9% 5 persons, Total New South Wales population: 13.5% 4 persons, Total New South Wales population: 24.0% 3 persons, Total New South Wales population: 18.2% 2 persons, Total New South Wales population: 25.3% 1 person, Total New South Wales population: 9.9% 6 or more persons, Ancestry - Afghan: 39.1% 5 persons, Ancestry - Afghan: 19.1% 4 persons, Ancestry - Afghan: 20.4% 3 persons, Ancestry - Afghan: 10.9% 2 persons, Ancestry - Afghan: 8.1% 1 person, Ancestry - Afghan: 2.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011 6 or more persons, New South Wales: +460 5 persons, New South Wales: +95 4 persons, New South Wales: +496 3 persons, New South Wales: +146 2 persons, New South Wales: +174 1 person, New South Wales: +84
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented  in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of Afghan ancestry people usually resident in a household compared with New South Wales total population shows that in 2011 there were a lower proportion of lone person households, and a higher proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). There were 2.3% of Afghan ancestry population in lone person households and 78.6% in larger households, compared with 9.9% and 46.5% respectively for the the New South Wales total population.

In NSW, the major differences between the household size of the Afghan ancestry population compared to the total population were:

  • A larger percentage of people in households with 6 or more persons usually resident (39.1% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 2 persons usually resident (8.1% compared to 25.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 1 person usually resident (2.3% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 3 persons usually resident (10.9% compared to 18.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of Afghan ancestry persons in households increased by 1,455 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of Afghan ancestry persons usually resident in a household between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 4 persons (+496 persons)
  • 6 or more persons (+460 persons)
  • 2 persons (+174 persons)
  • 3 persons (+146 persons)