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Household types

In 2016, the dominant household type in the City of Melbourne was 'Lone person households', and by 2031 the largest forecast increase is expected in 'Lone person households'.

Analysing the future household structure in City of Melbourne, 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 Melbourne201620312041Change between 2016 and 2041
TypeNumber%Number%Number%Number
Couple families with dependents6,2459.314,21210.619,31710.9+13,072
Couples without dependents17,28425.737,09027.749,46027.9+32,176
Group households13,86820.621,43916.025,84114.6+11,973
Lone person households24,57736.651,03838.168,49838.7+43,921
One parent family2,6934.06,0714.58,8465.0+6,153
Other families2,5443.84,1403.15,0732.9+2,529

Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id , the population experts, April 2019.

Forecast household types
Forecast household types Other families, 2041: 5,073 One parent family, 2041: 8,846 Lone person households, 2041: 68,498 Group households, 2041: 25,841 Couples without dependents, 2041: 49,460 Couple families with dependents, 2041: 19,317 Other families, 2031: 4,140 One parent family, 2031: 6,071 Lone person households, 2031: 51,038 Group households, 2031: 21,439 Couples without dependents, 2031: 37,090 Couple families with dependents, 2031: 14,212 Other families, 2016: 2,544 One parent family, 2016: 2,693 Lone person households, 2016: 24,577 Group households, 2016: 13,868 Couples without dependents, 2016: 17,284 Couple families with dependents, 2016: 6,245
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id the population experts, April 2019.
Forecast change in household types, 2016 to 2041
Forecast change in household types, 2016 to 2041 Forecast change in Other families,  2031 to 2041: 933 Forecast change in One parent family,  2031 to 2041: 2,775 Forecast change in Lone person households,  2031 to 2041: 17,460 Forecast change in Group households,  2031 to 2041: 4,402 Forecast change in Couples without dependents,  2031 to 2041: 12,370 Forecast change in Couple families with dependents,  2031 to 2041: 5,105 Forecast change in Other families,  2016 to 2031: 1,596 Forecast change in One parent family,  2016 to 2031: 3,378 Forecast change in Lone person households,  2016 to 2031: 26,461 Forecast change in Group households,  2016 to 2031: 7,571 Forecast change in Couples without dependents,  2016 to 2031: 19,806 Forecast change in Couple families with dependents,  2016 to 2031: 7,967
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id the population experts, April 2019.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant household type in the City of Melbourne was Lone person households, which accounted for 36.6% of all households.

The largest increase between 2016 and 2031 is forecast to be in Lone person households, which will increase by 26,461 households and account for 38.1% of all households.

In contrast Other families is forecast to increase by 1,596 households, to comprise 3.1% of all households in 2031, compared to 3.8% in 2016.

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