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The Broody Bunch: Australian women want kids more than men

August 30, 2016 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Just in time for Father’s Day this coming Sunday, EliteSingles research team ran another large-scale study to uncover Australia’s views on having kids. Somewhat stereotypically, the 67,555 participant survey revealed that Aussie blokes are considerably less broody than women.

  •          40% of single Aussie men want children.
  •          1 in 2 Australian women are set on having a baby.
  •          47% of men are unsure whether they want to become fathers.
  •          NSW’s Dubbo is home to Australia’s broodiest singles.
  •          Singles in Toowoomba are most likely not to want children.

The large-scale study, which was carried out by dating site EliteSingles, analysed anonymous, randomly selected data from 67,555 single Aussies aged 18-45. The analysis paid attention to one particular question: Do you want to have children? Participants were required to answer yes, no, or don’t know – which enabled EliteSingles’ researchers to cross-check the data against gender and location and determine the facts about who wants babies in Australia.

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One of the most interesting findings the survey turned up centred on the difference in desire for having children across the gender divide. It would appear that common stereotypes are somewhat accurate when it comes to women being more broody than men – exactly half of all single women of single women included in the study said they’d like to have kids at some point. Only 40% of men felt the pull of fatherhood.

What’s more, men were far more uncertain as to whether or not they could see themselves with a child – 47% replied “don’t know” when asked how they felt about siring children. Conversely, a much smaller 38% of women couldn’t give a straight yes/no answer.

Big city babies: Australia’s largest cities love kids!

As well as the variation in desire between the sexes, EliteSingles also found out which Australian cities are home to the most (and least) broody singles. As it happens, and contrary to popular pigeonholes, single Aussie city-dwellers are most likely to want children. Here are the results:

Australia’s broodiest cities…

  1.        Dubbo (50%)
  2.        Sydney (48%)
  3.        Brisbane (46%)
  4.        Melbourne (45%)
  5.        Wollongong (44%)

…and the least

  1.        Toowoomba City (30%)
  2.        Mackay (31%)
  3.        Launceston (32%)
  4.        Sunshine Coast (33%)
  5.        Darwin (33%)

So there it is – if starting a family with someone is a top priority, then it may be time to relocate to Dubbo. If you’re not quite ready to leave metropolitan living behind, then the chances of finding a broody partner in any of Australia’s three biggest cities is pretty high too. In fact, Melbourne’s South Yarra had the broodiest singles in the entire country – 60% of singles living there are eager to raise a little one! Rather enjoy the here and now free of parental duties? Head to Launceston – 57% of singles residing in the Tasmanian city are still on the fence about kids!

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