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Number of bedrooms per dwelling

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Dwellings with 3 bedrooms were the most common in Greater Melbourne in 2016.

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 Greater Melbourne 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
Greater Melbourne - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Number of bedroomsNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2011 to 2016
0 or 1 bedrooms99,5766.05.381,7615.55.1+17,815
2 bedrooms323,89819.518.5288,49519.318.6+35,403
3 bedrooms666,65340.141.8653,97343.845.5+12,680
4 bedrooms382,33023.022.8329,01322.021.7+53,317
5 bedrooms or more79,3114.84.564,5984.34.1+14,713
Not stated112,7716.87.176,8215.15.0+35,950

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

Number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2016
Number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2016 Not stated, Victoria: 7.1% 5 bedrooms or more, Victoria: 4.5% 4 bedrooms, Victoria: 22.8% 3 bedrooms, Victoria: 41.8% 2 bedrooms, Victoria: 18.5% 0 or 1 bedrooms, Victoria: 5.3% Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 6.8% 5 bedrooms or more, Greater Melbourne: 4.8% 4 bedrooms, Greater Melbourne: 23.0% 3 bedrooms, Greater Melbourne: 40.1% 2 bedrooms, Greater Melbourne: 19.5% 0 or 1 bedrooms, Greater Melbourne: 6.0%
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 number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2011 to 2016
Change in number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Greater Melbourne: +35,950 5 bedrooms or more, Greater Melbourne: +14,713 4 bedrooms, Greater Melbourne: +53,317 3 bedrooms, Greater Melbourne: +12,680 2 bedrooms, Greater Melbourne: +35,403 0 or 1 bedrooms, Greater Melbourne: +17,815
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

Analysis of the number of bedrooms in dwellings in Greater Melbourne in 2016 compared to Victoria shows that there was a higher proportion of dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and a similar proportion of dwellings with 4 or more bedrooms.

Overall, 25.4% of households were in dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and 27.7% of 4 or more bedroom dwellings, compared with 23.8% and 27.3% for Victoria respectively.

The major differences between the number of bedrooms per dwelling of Greater Melbourne and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of 2 bedroom dwellings (19.5% compared to 18.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 3 bedroom dwellings (40.1% compared to 41.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of bedrooms per dwelling in Greater Melbourne between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 4 bedrooms (+53,317 dwellings)
  • 2 bedrooms (+35,403 dwellings)
  • 0 or 1 bedrooms (+17,815 dwellings)
  • 5 bedrooms or more (+14,713 dwellings)

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