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Household types

In 2016, the dominant household type in the City of Sydney was 'Lone person households', and by 2026 the largest forecast increase is expected in 'Lone person households'.

Analysing the future household structure in City of Sydney, especially in conjunction with age structure, provides insight to the role the area plays in the housing market. Some areas, usually with separate housing stock, are dominated by families. Others, with more dense housing in inner city locations have significant numbers of lone person households and couples without dependents.

Forecast household types
City of Sydney201620262036Change between 2016 and 2036
TypeNumber%Number%Number%Number
Couple families with dependents10,74510.314,03110.917,32911.4+6,584
Couples without dependents30,61529.537,43929.243,80528.9+13,190
Group households14,77214.217,89113.920,17613.3+5,404
Lone person households39,80038.348,56837.857,14837.7+17,348
One parent family4,8564.76,5485.18,4205.6+3,564
Other families3,0542.93,8903.04,5373.0+1,483

Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id , the population experts, October 2017.

Forecast household types
Forecast household types Other families, 2036: 4,537 One parent family, 2036: 8,420 Lone person households, 2036: 57,148 Group households, 2036: 20,176 Couples without dependents, 2036: 43,805 Couple families with dependents, 2036: 17,329 Other families, 2026: 3,890 One parent family, 2026: 6,548 Lone person households, 2026: 48,568 Group households, 2026: 17,891 Couples without dependents, 2026: 37,439 Couple families with dependents, 2026: 14,031 Other families, 2016: 3,054 One parent family, 2016: 4,856 Lone person households, 2016: 39,800 Group households, 2016: 14,772 Couples without dependents, 2016: 30,615 Couple families with dependents, 2016: 10,745
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, October 2017.
Forecast change in household types, 2016 to 2036
Forecast change in household types, 2016 to 2036 Forecast change in Other families,  2026 to 2036: 647 Forecast change in One parent family,  2026 to 2036: 1,872 Forecast change in Lone person households,  2026 to 2036: 8,580 Forecast change in Group households,  2026 to 2036: 2,285 Forecast change in Couples without dependents,  2026 to 2036: 6,366 Forecast change in Couple families with dependents,  2026 to 2036: 3,298 Forecast change in Other families,  2016 to 2026: 836 Forecast change in One parent family,  2016 to 2026: 1,692 Forecast change in Lone person households,  2016 to 2026: 8,768 Forecast change in Group households,  2016 to 2026: 3,119 Forecast change in Couples without dependents,  2016 to 2026: 6,824 Forecast change in Couple families with dependents,  2016 to 2026: 3,286
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, October 2017.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant household type in the City of Sydney was Lone person households, which accounted for 38.3% of all households.

The largest increase between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in Lone person households, which will increase by 8,768 households and account for 37.8% of all households.

In contrast Other families is forecast to increase by 836 households, to comprise 3.0% of all households in 2026, compared to 2.9% in 2016.

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