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Dwelling type

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

In the City of Adelaide, 85.8% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 26% 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 Structure is derived from the ABS address register supplemented with information from Census Field Officers.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
City of Adelaide - Dwellings (Enumerated)20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Separate house
1,31711.473.11,24411.675.8+73
map this data in atlas.idMedium density4,73741.023.94,92345.921.8-186
map this data in atlas.idHigh density5,16944.82.34,40441.12.0+765
Caravans, cabin, houseboat
1241.10.300.00.2+124
Other
910.80.11301.20.1-39
Not stated
1080.90.3190.20.0+89

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling type
City of Adelaide20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Occupied private dwellings10,00485.791.59,43986.992.0+565
Unoccupied private dwellings1,53513.28.41,28011.87.8+255
Non private dwellings1311.10.11411.30.1-10

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling structure, 2016
Dwelling structure, 2016 Other, Greater Adelaide: 0.1% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% High density, Greater Adelaide: 2.3% Medium density, Greater Adelaide: 23.9% Separate house, Greater Adelaide: 73.1% Other, City of Adelaide: 0.8% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Adelaide: 1.1% High density, City of Adelaide: 44.8% Medium density, City of Adelaide: 41.0% Separate house, City of Adelaide: 11.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016 Other, City of Adelaide: -39 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Adelaide: +124 High density, City of Adelaide: +765 Medium density, City of Adelaide: -186 Separate house, City of Adelaide: +73
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 1,317 separate houses in the area, 4,737 medium density dwellings, and 5,169 high density dwellings. In addition, there were 124 caravans/cabins/houseboats in the area.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the City of Adelaide in 2016 shows that 11.4% of all dwellings were separate houses; 41.0% were medium density dwellings, and 44.8% were in high density dwellings, compared with 73.1%, 23.9%, and 2.3% in the Greater Adelaide respectively.

In 2016, a total of 85.7% of the dwellings in the City of Adelaide were occupied on Census night, compared to 91.5% in Greater Adelaide. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 13.2%, which is larger compared to that found in Greater Adelaide (8.4%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the City of Adelaide increased by 810 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the City of Adelaide between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • High density (+765 dwellings)
  • Medium density (-186 dwellings)
  • Caravans, cabin, houseboat (+124 dwellings)
  • Separate house (+73 dwellings)
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