2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016  
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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Average persons per household


Average persons per household

Average persons per household (also known as Average household size) is the average number of persons usually resident in an occupied private dwelling. This is calculated by taking the sum of the number of persons usually resident in a dwelling for all occupied private dwellings and dividing by the total number of occupied private dwellings, i.e.
Average persons per household = Sum of the number of persons usually resident in a dwelling across all occupied private dwellings
Total number of occupied private dwellings

The total number of persons usually resident in dwellings is calculated from the Census classification, Number of persons usually resident in dwelling (NPRD) and this classification is weighted by the ABS such that one person receives a weight of one, two people receive a weight of two, right up to eight or more with a weight of eight.

This calculation excludes:
  • dwellings where not applicable responses were found in the Number of persons usually resident in dwelling (NPRD) classification and
  • visitor only, other non-classifiable and not applicable dwellings using the Household Composition (HHCD) classification.




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