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Number of bedrooms per dwelling

Dwellings with 3 bedrooms were the most common in Australia in 2011.

The Number of Bedrooms in a dwelling is an indicator of the size of dwellings, and when combined with Dwelling Type information, provides insight into the role Australia plays in the housing market. For example, an area of high density dwellings that are predominantly 1-2 bedroom are likely to attract students, single workers and young couples, whereas a high density area with dwellings that are predominantly 2-3 bedroom may attract more empty nesters and some families.

In combination with Household Type and Household Size, the Number of Bedrooms can also indicate issues around housing affordability, overcrowding and other socio-economic factors.

Derived from the Census question:

'How many bedrooms are there in this dwelling?'

Occupied private dwellings

Number of bedrooms per dwelling
Australia - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Number of bedroomsNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
0 or 1 bedrooms449,2425.55.5396,2725.25.1+52,970
2 bedrooms1,510,20818.519.31,421,09418.719.5+89,114
3 bedrooms3,412,28541.740.43,275,48743.141.7+136,798
4 bedrooms1,952,36023.924.11,674,28622.022.3+278,074
5 bedrooms or more415,1105.15.4346,3944.64.8+68,716
Not stated442,5435.45.3482,6196.46.6-40,076

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

Number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2011
Number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2011 Not stated, Greater Capital Cities: 5.3% 5 bedrooms or more, Greater Capital Cities: 5.4% 4 bedrooms, Greater Capital Cities: 24.1% 3 bedrooms, Greater Capital Cities: 40.4% 2 bedrooms, Greater Capital Cities: 19.3% 0 or 1 bedrooms, Greater Capital Cities: 5.5% Not stated, Australia: 5.4% 5 bedrooms or more, Australia: 5.1% 4 bedrooms, Australia: 23.9% 3 bedrooms, Australia: 41.7% 2 bedrooms, Australia: 18.5% 0 or 1 bedrooms, Australia: 5.5%
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 number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2006 to 2011
Change in number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Australia: -40,076 5 bedrooms or more, Australia: +68,716 4 bedrooms, Australia: +278,074 3 bedrooms, Australia: +136,798 2 bedrooms, Australia: +89,114 0 or 1 bedrooms, Australia: +52,970
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 number of bedrooms in dwellings in Australia in 2011 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a lower proportion of dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, as well as a lower proportion of dwellings with 4 or more bedrooms.

Overall, 23.9% of households were in dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and 28.9% of 4 or more bedroom dwellings, compared with 24.9% and 29.5% for Greater Capital Cities respectively.

The major difference between the number of bedrooms per dwelling of Australia and Greater Capital Cities was:

  • A larger percentage of 3 bedroom dwellings (41.7% compared to 40.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of bedrooms per dwelling in Australia between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 4 bedrooms (+278,074 dwellings)
  • 3 bedrooms (+136,798 dwellings)
  • 2 bedrooms (+89,114 dwellings)
  • 5 bedrooms or more (+68,716 dwellings)

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