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Ancestry - Afghan
Household type

In New South Wales, 74.5% of people with Afghan ancestry lived in households made up of couples with children in 2011, compared to 49.8% of the total population.

Household and family structure is one of the most important demographic indicators. For the ancestral communities, only those family members who share the same ancestry are counted. Other family members who do not share the same ancestry or did not state their ancestry are not included in the table. However, if multiple household members are of the same ancestry, the household will be counted twice at this topic.

This topic reveals what type of households different ancestral communities are forming. This is likely to be strongly related to Age Structure, while recent migrants are young and likely to form families (and group households in the case of student areas), more established migrant communities may have older families and empty nesters in their mix of households.

To continue building the story, Afghan Household composition data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size and Age Structure.

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'What is the person's relationship [to each other person in the household]?'
  • 'What is the person's ancestry?'(multi-response)

  • People with Afghan ancestry living in private dwellings
Household type
Ancestry - Afghan20112006Change
Households by typeNumberAfghan %% of total NSW populationNumberAfghan %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Couple with children7,31574.549.86,19073.850.2+1,125
Couple without children6396.520.15206.219.6+119
One parent family1,27713.012.71,16013.812.7+117
Other Family1451.51.11451.71.10
Group household2082.13.32102.53.2-2
Lone person household2312.49.61471.89.8+84
Other non-classifiable household30.03.4100.13.4-7

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

Household type, 2011
Household type, 2011 Other non-classifiable household, Total New South Wales population: 3.4% Lone person household, Total New South Wales population: 9.6% Group household, Total New South Wales population: 3.3% Other Family, Total New South Wales population: 1.1% One parent family, Total New South Wales population: 12.7% Couple without children, Total New South Wales population: 20.1% Couple with children, Total New South Wales population: 49.8% Other non-classifiable household, Ancestry - Afghan: 0.0% Lone person household, Ancestry - Afghan: 2.4% Group household, Ancestry - Afghan: 2.1% Other Family, Ancestry - Afghan: 1.5% One parent family, Ancestry - Afghan: 13.0% Couple without children, Ancestry - Afghan: 6.5% Couple with children, Ancestry - Afghan: 74.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011 Other non-classifiable household, New South Wales: -7 Lone person household, New South Wales: +84 Group household, New South Wales: -2 Other Family, New South Wales: 0 One parent family, New South Wales: +117 Couple without children, New South Wales: +119 Couple with children, New South Wales: +1,125
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the household/family types of the New South Wales Afghan ancestry households compared to the total households shows that in 2011 there was a higher proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a higher proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 74.5% of Afghan ancestry families were couple families with child(ren), and 13.0% were one-parent families, compared with 49.8% and 12.7% respectively for the the New South Wales total population.

Of the Afghan ancestry population, there were a lower proportion who lived in lone person households and a lower proportion in couples without children households, compared to the New South Wales total populaton. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 2.4% while the proportion of couples without children was 6.5% compared to 9.6% and 20.1% for the New South Wales total population.

Emerging groups

The number of Afghan ancestry persons in households increased by 1,436 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types of NSW Afghan ancestry population between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couple with children (+1,125 persons)
  • Couple without children (+119 persons)
  • One parent family (+117 persons)
  • Lone person household (+84 persons)