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In Kew, 40.7% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 38% in the City of Boroondara.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of Kew'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 Kew.

Derived from the Census:

'Dwelling Type is derived from an assessment by the Census Collector who observes and records the type of dwelling structure.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
Kew20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Separate house5,67158.661.75,29257.561.6+379
Medium density3,08331.828.53,24835.330.5-165
High density8578.89.36286.87.3+229
Caravans, cabin, houseboat00.00.030.00.0-3
Other680.70.5280.30.5+40
Not stated60.10.000.00.0+6

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

Dwelling type
Kew20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings8,75489.991.58,39290.992.3+362
Unoccupied private dwellings9199.48.37978.67.6+122
Non private dwellings640.70.2470.50.2+17

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

Dwelling structure, 2011
Dwelling structure, 2011 Other, City of Boroondara: 0.5% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Boroondara: 0.0% High density, City of Boroondara: 9.3% Medium density, City of Boroondara: 28.5% Separate house, City of Boroondara: 61.7% Other, Kew: 0.7% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Kew: 0.0% High density, Kew: 8.8% Medium density, Kew: 31.8% Separate house, Kew: 58.6%
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 dwelling structure, 2006 to 2011
Change in dwelling structure, 2006 to 2011 Other, Kew: +40 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Kew: -3 High density, Kew: +229 Medium density, Kew: -165 Separate house, Kew: +379
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

In 2011, there were 5,671 separate houses in the area, 3,083 medium density dwellings, and 857 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in Kew in 2011 shows that 58.6% of all dwellings were separate houses; 31.8% were medium density dwellings, and 8.8% were in high density dwellings, compared with 61.7%, 28.5%, and 9.3% in the the City of Boroondara respectively.

In 2011, a total of 89.9% of the dwellings in Kew were occupied on Census night, compared to 91.5% in the City of Boroondara. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 9.4%, which is larger compared to that found in the City of Boroondara (8.3%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in Kew increased by 501 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in Kew between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Separate house (+379 dwellings)
  • High density (+229 dwellings)
  • Medium density (-165 dwellings)