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In Smithfield, 60% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 29.9% were renting privately, and 1.9% were in social housing in 2016.

Smithfield'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 Smithfield, 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
Smithfield - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Tenure typeNumber%Cairns %Number%Cairns %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idFully owned43121.922.532423.222.3+107
map this data in atlas.idMortgage75338.330.251737.131.2+237
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Social housing381.94.0634.54.6-25
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Private58829.931.237627.032.0+212
Renting - Not stated
Other tenure type
Not stated

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, Cairns: 0.7% Renting - Private, Cairns: 31.2% Renting - Social housing, Cairns: 4.0% Renting, Cairns: 35.7% Mortgage, Cairns: 30.2% Fully owned, Cairns: 22.5% Other tenure type, Smithfield: 0.0% Renting - Private, Smithfield: 29.9% Renting - Social housing, Smithfield: 1.9% Renting, Smithfield: 32.1% Mortgage, Smithfield: 38.3% Fully owned, Smithfield: 21.9%
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, Smithfield: 0 Renting - Private, Smithfield: +212 Renting - Social housing, Smithfield: -25 Renting, Smithfield: +186 Mortgage, Smithfield: +237 Fully owned, Smithfield: +107
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 Smithfield in 2016 compared to Cairns shows that there was a smaller proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a larger proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a smaller proportion who were renters.

Overall, 21.9% of the population owned their dwelling; 38.3% were purchasing, and 32.1% were renting, compared with 22.5%, 30.2% and 35.7% respectively for Cairns.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in Smithfield between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Mortgage (+237 persons)
  • Renting - Private (+212 persons)
  • Fully owned (+107 persons)

The total number of households in Smithfield increased by 571 between 2011 and 2016.