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In the City of Adelaide, 33% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 45.1% were renting privately, and 8.9% were in social housing in 2011.

The City of Adelaide's Housing Tenure data provides insights into its socio-economic status as well as the role it plays in the housing market. For example, a high concentration of private renters may indicate a transient area attractive to young singles and couples, while a concentration of home owners indicates a more settled area with mature families and empty-nesters (Household Summary). Tenure can also reflect built form (Dwelling Type), with a significantly higher share of renters in high density housing and a substantially larger proportion of home-owners in separate houses, although this is not always the case.

In conjunction with other socio-economic status indicators in the City of Adelaide, Tenure data is useful for analysing housing markets, housing affordability and identifying public housing areas.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Is this dwelling (owned outright, owned with a mortgage etc.)', and 'If this dwelling is being rented, who is it rented from?'

Households

Housing tenure
City of Adelaide20112006Change
Tenure typeNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idFully owned1,67417.730.71,45318.532.5+221
map this data in atlas.idMortgage1,42915.135.41,35717.334.7+72
Renting
5,17554.827.53,82848.825.7+1,347
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Social housing8408.97.17159.17.8+125
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Private4,25945.119.93,02638.617.3+1,233
Renting - Not stated
760.80.5871.10.6-11
Other tenure type
911.01.41121.41.3-21
Not stated
1,06811.35.01,09213.95.8-24

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

Housing tenure, 2011
Housing tenure, 2011 Other tenure type, Greater Adelaide: 1.4% Renting - Private, Greater Adelaide: 19.9% Renting - Social housing, Greater Adelaide: 7.1% Renting, Greater Adelaide: 27.5% Mortgage, Greater Adelaide: 35.4% Fully owned, Greater Adelaide: 30.7% Other tenure type, City of Adelaide: 1.0% Renting - Private, City of Adelaide: 45.1% Renting - Social housing, City of Adelaide: 8.9% Renting, City of Adelaide: 54.8% Mortgage, City of Adelaide: 15.1% Fully owned, City of Adelaide: 17.7%
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 housing tenure, 2006 to 2011
Change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2011 Other tenure type, City of Adelaide: -21 Renting - Private, City of Adelaide: +1,233 Renting - Social housing, City of Adelaide: +125 Renting, City of Adelaide: +1,347 Mortgage, City of Adelaide: +72 Fully owned, City of Adelaide: +221
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

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of the City of Adelaide in 2011 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a smaller proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a smaller proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a larger proportion who were renters.

Overall, 17.7% of the population owned their dwelling; 15.1% were purchasing, and 54.8% were renting, compared with 30.7%, 35.4% and 27.5% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in the City of Adelaide between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Renting - Private (+1,233 persons)
  • Fully owned (+221 persons)
  • Renting - Social housing (+125 persons)
  • Mortgage (+72 persons)

The total number of households in City of Adelaide increased by 1,595 between 2006 and 2011.