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Greater Western Sydney Region

Dwelling type

In the Greater Western Sydney Region, 24.5% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 40% in Greater Sydney.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of the Greater Western Sydney Region'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 the Greater Western Sydney Region.

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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Dwellings (Enumerated)20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Separate house503,51875.058.9492,01777.360.9+11,501
Medium density110,51616.519.794,65714.919.1+15,859
High density54,1738.120.745,9307.219.2+8,243
Caravans, cabin, houseboat1,2400.20.21,8520.30.3-612
Other1,5030.20.41,6190.30.4-116
Not stated7160.10.16440.10.1+72

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

Dwelling type
Greater Western Sydney Region20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings637,04794.792.9599,35294.092.4+37,695
Unoccupied private dwellings34,6365.26.937,3765.97.4-2,740
Non private dwellings7420.10.27190.10.2+23

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, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Sydney: 0.2% High density, Greater Sydney: 20.7% Medium density, Greater Sydney: 19.7% Separate house, Greater Sydney: 58.9% Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.2% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.2% High density, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.1% Medium density, Greater Western Sydney Region: 16.5% Separate house, Greater Western Sydney Region: 75.0%
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, Greater Western Sydney Region: -116 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Western Sydney Region: -612 High density, Greater Western Sydney Region: +8,243 Medium density, Greater Western Sydney Region: +15,859 Separate house, Greater Western Sydney Region: +11,501
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 503,518 separate houses in the area, 110,516 medium density dwellings, and 54,173 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2011 shows that 75.0% of all dwellings were separate houses; 16.5% were medium density dwellings, and 8.1% were in high density dwellings, compared with 58.9%, 19.7%, and 20.7% in the Greater Sydney respectively.

In 2011, a total of 94.7% of the dwellings in the Greater Western Sydney Region were occupied on Census night, compared to 92.9% in Greater Sydney. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 5.2%, which is smaller compared to that found in Greater Sydney (6.9%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the Greater Western Sydney Region increased by 34,978 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the Greater Western Sydney Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Medium density (+15,859 dwellings)
  • Separate house (+11,501 dwellings)
  • High density (+8,243 dwellings)
  • Caravans, cabin, houseboat (-612 dwellings)
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