The Broody Bunch: the Australian cities where singles are set on having a baby!

Young mum reading to her babies

Feel like it’s about time to start a family? Is having a baby a top priority? If you’re unattached but eager to welcome a little one into your life then EliteSingles’ most recent survey might be able to help – we’ve discovered where Australia’s broodiest singles live.

The cities where the desire for having a baby is strong, and where it’s not

As a couple, deciding that you’re having a baby is possibly one of the most momentous life decisions you can take. It therefore makes complete sense that you’re both certain it’s the correct choice, and that your partner is indeed the right person for you!

Whilst EliteSingles is in no position to be dishing out parenting tips, our proven forte is based on helping Australian’s countrywide find a partner they’d want to forge a meaningful relationship with (of which having a baby could be an integral part!). And by surveying a sample group of 67,555 EliteSingles’ users, we were able to reveal which cities are home to the most broody Aussie singles, and those that aren’t too fussed about children.

The results, based on the percentage of users that replied “yes” to the question “could you imagine having children or adopting with your partner and raising a family,” are as follows:

Australia’s Broodiest cities…

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

…and the least broody

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

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

With top spot going to NSW’s Dubbo, it may come as a bit of a shock to see Australia’s three most densely populated cities heading up the leader board as home to some of the country’s broodiest singles. Indeed, having a baby isn’t the first activity that springs to mind when picturing your average city dweller!

However, this is a phenomenon that’s also been reported in other countries where EliteSingles has run similar studies. For example, our research team recently revealed Paris as the most child-friendly city in France – perhaps it has something to do with all the l’amour in the air!

One more reasoned explanation for this trend is that bigger cities are made up of a slightly younger demographic. Still of an age where having a baby is a possibility, yet not quite old enough to have take it too seriously, this cohort of singles are likely to be a bit more optimistic about what the future holds. On the contrary, older people are perhaps less inclined to want to have kids, maybe because they’ve already had them (or never wanted them in the first place!).

Men vs. Women: who’s the biggest baby boomer?

Another interesting finding that the survey turned up was the difference in desire for having a baby 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 included in the study said they’d like to have kids at some point, whereas only 40% of single 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% of male members replied “don’t know” when asked what they felt about siring children. Conversely, a much smaller 38% of women couldn’t give to a straight yes/no answer.

Nevertheless, if you’re on the hunt for a guy or a girl who’s set on having a baby there’s only one place to go – South Yarra. An impressive 60% of women and 46% of men in the affluent Melbourne suburb want a tot. Not convinced whether parental duties are for you and would rather enjoy the here and now? Head to Launceston – 57% of singles residing in the Tasmanian city are still on the fence about kids!


1 Anonymous study completed by EliteSingles researchers in July 2016, based on randomly selected data from 67,555 singles across Australia.

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