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National Family and Household Projections: 2013(base)–2038 update
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  27 October 2017
Key facts

National family and household projections indicate future changes in the number and composition of families and households.

The projections indicate that between 2013 and 2038:

  • The number of families and households will grow faster than the population, which is projected to increase by an average of 1.1 percent a year between 2013 and 2038.
  • The number of households is projected to increase by an average of 1.2 percent a year, from an estimated 1.65 million households in 2013 to 2.2 million by 2038 (an increase of 596,000).
  • One-person households are projected to increase by an average of 1.7 percent a year, from 393,000 in 2013 to 599,000 in 2038.
  • The average size of households will decrease to 2.51 people by 2038, from 2.64 people in 2013.
  • The number of families is projected to increase by an average of 1.2 percent a year, from an estimated 1.25 million families at 30 June 2013 to 1.68 million by 2038 (an increase of 433,000).
  • Couple-without-children families will increase by an average of 1.6 percent a year. They will remain the most common family type.

These projections are not predictions. They should be used as an indication of the overall trend, rather than as exact forecasts. See National family and household projections in DataInfo+.

 Diagram, Population, family, and household projections: 2013(base) to 2038 update.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1179-2175
27 October 2017

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