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More couple families without dependent children
Most people who lived in a private dwelling in Australia in 2007 lived in a family household (87%), and one in 10 people lived alone, according to a new report on families from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The number of couple families without dependent children rose 30% over the last 10 years (from 44% of all families in 1997 to 48% in 2007). The proportion of families that were couple families with dependent children fell from 40% of all families in 1997 to 37% in 2007. There has also been a slight fall in the proportion of one parent families with dependent children (9% of all families in 2007).
The majority (65%) of adults (18 years and over) were in a couple relationship, either in a registered marriage or a de facto marriage. De facto marriage was more common for those aged under 35 years.
Other results from the survey include:
Results can be found in Family Characteristics and Transitions, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 4442.0) available free of charge from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. Electronic versions of all publication tables, and selected tables at the state and territory level, will be available on the ABS website from June 2008.
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