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Greater Sydney

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 Greater Sydney, 43.8% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 27% in Australia.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of Greater Sydney'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 Greater Sydney.

Derived from the Census:

'Dwelling Structure is derived from the ABS address register supplemented with information from Census Field Officers.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
Greater Sydney - Dwellings (Enumerated)20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Separate house1,021,14855.071.11,013,44058.973.8+7,708
Medium density376,25220.317.9338,18619.717.0+38,066
High density436,79323.59.1356,20820.77.6+80,585
Caravans, cabin, houseboat4,9370.31.23,3630.21.1+1,574
Other8,6040.50.36,5960.40.4+2,008
Not stated8,0190.40.52,5640.10.1+5,455

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

Dwelling type
Greater Sydney20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Occupied private dwellings1,719,67892.589.31,601,54292.989.5+118,136
Unoccupied private dwellings136,0557.310.5118,8486.910.2+17,207
Non private dwellings2,8750.20.22,6720.20.2+203

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, Australia: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Australia: 1.2% High density, Australia: 9.1% Medium density, Australia: 17.9% Separate house, Australia: 71.1% Other, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Sydney: 0.3% High density, Greater Sydney: 23.5% Medium density, Greater Sydney: 20.3% Separate house, Greater Sydney: 55.0%
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 dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016 Other, Greater Sydney: +2,008 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Sydney: +1,574 High density, Greater Sydney: +80,585 Medium density, Greater Sydney: +38,066 Separate house, Greater Sydney: +7,708
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 1,021,148 separate houses in the area, 376,252 medium density dwellings, and 436,793 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in Greater Sydney in 2016 shows that 55.0% of all dwellings were separate houses; 20.3% were medium density dwellings, and 23.5% were in high density dwellings, compared with 71.1%, 17.9%, and 9.1% in the Australia respectively.

In 2016, a total of 92.5% of the dwellings in Greater Sydney were occupied on Census night, compared to 89.3% in Australia. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 7.3%, which is smaller compared to that found in Australia (10.5%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in Greater Sydney increased by 135,546 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in Greater Sydney between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • High density (+80,585 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+38,066 dwellings)
  • Separate house (+7,708 dwellings)
  • Other (+2,008 dwellings)
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