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Language - African Languages
Household type

In New South Wales, 60.0% of people who speak African Languages 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 non-English speaking population, only those family members who speak a language other than English at home are counted. Other family members who may speak English at home are not included in the table.

This topic reveals what type of households different language 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, Household Type 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]?'
  • 'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

  • People who speak African Languages living in private dwellings
Household type
Language - African Languages20112006Change
Households by typeNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW populationNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Couple with children8,64960.049.84,88258.450.0+3,767
Couple without children9036.320.15466.519.6+357
One parent family3,38023.412.71,79221.412.4+1,588
Other Family3622.51.13143.81.1+48
Group household4873.43.33884.63.1+99
Lone person household6354.49.64445.39.5+191
Other non-classifiable household100.13.400.04.3+10

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 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% Lone person household, Language - African Languages: 4.4% Group household, Language - African Languages: 3.4% Other Family, Language - African Languages: 2.5% One parent family, Language - African Languages: 23.4% Couple without children, Language - African Languages: 6.3% Couple with children, Language - African Languages: 60.0%
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 Lone person household, Language - African Languages: +191 Group household, Language - African Languages: +99 Other Family, Language - African Languages: +48 One parent family, Language - African Languages: +1,588 Couple without children, Language - African Languages: +357 Couple with children, Language - African Languages: +3,767
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 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 African Languages speaking 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 different to proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 60.0% of African Languages speaking families were couple families with child(ren), and 23.4% were one-parent families, compared with 49.8% and 12.7% respectively for the the New South Wales total population.

Of the African Languages speaking population,there were a lower proportion who lived in lone person households and a lower proportion of couples without children households compared to the the New South Wales total population. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 4.4%, while the proportion of couples without children was 6.3% compared to 9.6% and 20.1% for the the New South Wales total population.

Emerging groups

The number of African Languages speaking persons in households increased by 6,060 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types of NSW African Languages speaking population between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couple with children (+3,767 persons)
  • One parent family (+1,588 persons)
  • Couple without children (+357 persons)
  • Lone person household (+191 persons)