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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 Sydney201620262041Change between 2016 and 2041
TypeNumber%Number%Number%Number
Couple families with dependents10,43710.213,99610.516,66710.6+6,230
Couples without dependents30,51029.939,77629.947,32030.1+16,810
Group households16,03415.721,67516.326,50316.9+10,469
Lone person households38,17537.548,08336.154,88834.9+16,713
One parent family4,2234.16,0624.67,5744.8+3,351
Other families2,5382.53,5112.64,1962.7+1,658

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

Forecast household types
Forecast household types Other families, 2041: 4,196 One parent family, 2041: 7,574 Lone person households, 2041: 54,888 Group households, 2041: 26,503 Couples without dependents, 2041: 47,320 Couple families with dependents, 2041: 16,667 Other families, 2026: 3,511 One parent family, 2026: 6,062 Lone person households, 2026: 48,083 Group households, 2026: 21,675 Couples without dependents, 2026: 39,776 Couple families with dependents, 2026: 13,996 Other families, 2016: 2,538 One parent family, 2016: 4,223 Lone person households, 2016: 38,175 Group households, 2016: 16,034 Couples without dependents, 2016: 30,510 Couple families with dependents, 2016: 10,437
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id the population experts, February 2019.
Forecast change in household types, 2016 to 2041
Forecast change in household types, 2016 to 2041 Forecast change in Other families,  2026 to 2041: 685 Forecast change in One parent family,  2026 to 2041: 1,512 Forecast change in Lone person households,  2026 to 2041: 6,805 Forecast change in Group households,  2026 to 2041: 4,828 Forecast change in Couples without dependents,  2026 to 2041: 7,544 Forecast change in Couple families with dependents,  2026 to 2041: 2,671 Forecast change in Other families,  2016 to 2026: 973 Forecast change in One parent family,  2016 to 2026: 1,839 Forecast change in Lone person households,  2016 to 2026: 9,908 Forecast change in Group households,  2016 to 2026: 5,641 Forecast change in Couples without dependents,  2016 to 2026: 9,266 Forecast change in Couple families with dependents,  2016 to 2026: 3,559
Population and household forecasts, 2016 to 2041, prepared by .id the population experts, February 2019.

Key findings

In 2016, the dominant household type in the City of Sydney was Lone person households, which accounted for 37.5% of all households.

The largest increase between 2016 and 2026 is forecast to be in Lone person households, which will increase by 9,908 households and account for 36.1% of all households.

In contrast Other families is forecast to increase by 973 households, to comprise 2.6% of all households in 2026, compared to 2.5% in 2016.

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