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In Canterbury, 74% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 18.3% were renting privately, and 1.5% were in social housing in 2016.

Canterbury'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 Canterbury, 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?'


Housing tenure
Canterbury - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Tenure typeNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Fully owned1,21443.936.31,23245.238.9-18
Renting - Social housing421.51.2782.91.5-36
Renting - Private50518.327.845616.725.5+49
Renting - Not stated50.20.5120.40.6-6
Other tenure type150.50.8130.50.6+1
Not stated1405.15.81124.14.8+28

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

Housing tenure, 2016
Housing tenure, 2016 Other tenure type, City of Boroondara: 0.8% Renting - Private, City of Boroondara: 27.8% Renting - Social housing, City of Boroondara: 1.2% Renting, City of Boroondara: 29.4% Mortgage, City of Boroondara: 27.8% Fully owned, City of Boroondara: 36.3% Other tenure type, Canterbury: 0.5% Renting - Private, Canterbury: 18.3% Renting - Social housing, Canterbury: 1.5% Renting, Canterbury: 20.0% Mortgage, Canterbury: 30.4% Fully owned, Canterbury: 43.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing tenure, 2011 to 2016
Change in housing tenure, 2011 to 2016 Other tenure type, Canterbury: +1 Renting - Private, Canterbury: +49 Renting - Social housing, Canterbury: -36 Renting, Canterbury: +6 Mortgage, Canterbury: +19 Fully owned, Canterbury: -18
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of Canterbury in 2016 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a larger proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a larger proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a smaller proportion who were renters.

Overall, 43.9% of the population owned their dwelling; 30.4% were purchasing, and 20.0% were renting, compared with 36.3%, 27.8% and 29.4% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

Emerging groups

There were no major differences in Canterbury between 2011 and 2016.

The total number of households in Canterbury increased by 36 between 2011 and 2016.