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In the City of Adelaide, 87.0% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 24% in Greater Adelaide.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of the City of Adelaide's residential role and function. A greater concentration of higher density dwellings is likely to attract more young adults and smaller households, often renting. Larger, detached or separate dwellings are more likely to attract families and prospective families. The residential built form often reflects market opportunities or planning policy, such as building denser forms of housing around public transport nodes or employment centres.

Dwelling Type statistics should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Household Types, Housing Tenure and Age Structure for a more complete picture of the housing market in the City of Adelaide.

Derived from the Census:

'Dwelling Type is derived from an assessment by the Census Collector who observes and records the type of dwelling structure.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
City of Adelaide20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Separate house
1,24411.675.81,30614.776.2-62
map this data in atlas.idMedium density4,92345.921.84,67752.621.5+246
map this data in atlas.idHigh density4,40441.12.02,74130.81.8+1,663
Caravans, cabin, houseboat
00.00.200.00.30
Other
1301.20.11671.90.2-37
Not stated
190.20.030.00.1+16

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling type
City of Adelaide20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings9,43986.992.07,84286.993.0+1,597
Unoccupied private dwellings1,28011.87.81,05311.76.9+227
Non private dwellings1411.30.11291.40.2+12

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling structure, 2011
Dwelling structure, 2011 Other, Greater Adelaide: 0.1% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Adelaide: 0.2% High density, Greater Adelaide: 2.0% Medium density, Greater Adelaide: 21.8% Separate house, Greater Adelaide: 75.8% Other, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Adelaide: 0.0% High density, City of Adelaide: 41.1% Medium density, City of Adelaide: 45.9% Separate house, City of Adelaide: 11.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in dwelling structure, 2006 to 2011
Change in dwelling structure, 2006 to 2011 Other, City of Adelaide: -37 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Adelaide: 0 High density, City of Adelaide: +1,663 Medium density, City of Adelaide: +246 Separate house, City of Adelaide: -62
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2011, there were 1,244 separate houses in the area, 4,923 medium density dwellings, and 4,404 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the City of Adelaide in 2011 shows that 11.6% of all dwellings were separate houses; 45.9% were medium density dwellings, and 41.1% were in high density dwellings, compared with 75.8%, 21.8%, and 2.0% in the Greater Adelaide respectively.

In 2011, a total of 86.9% of the dwellings in the City of Adelaide were occupied on Census night, compared to 92.0% in Greater Adelaide. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 11.8%, which is larger compared to that found in Greater Adelaide (7.8%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the City of Adelaide increased by 1,836 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the City of Adelaide between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • High density (+1,663 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+246 dwellings)
  • Separate house (-62 dwellings)