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Greater Western Sydney Region

Dwelling type

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In the Greater Western Sydney Region, 27.4% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 44% 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 Structure is derived from the ABS address register supplemented with information from Census Field Officers.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
Greater Western Sydney Region - Dwellings (Enumerated)20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Separate house532,54671.755.0508,53774.958.9+24,008
Medium density129,20517.420.3111,17416.419.7+18,030
High density74,12710.023.555,7738.220.7+18,354
Caravans, cabin, houseboat1,6110.20.31,2390.20.2+371
Other2,1850.30.51,5460.20.4+638
Not stated2,9630.40.46990.10.1+2,263

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

Dwelling type
Greater Western Sydney Region20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Occupied private dwellings700,53994.292.5643,94594.792.9+56,594
Unoccupied private dwellings42,5235.77.334,9725.16.9+7,550
Non private dwellings7440.10.27620.10.2-18

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, 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% Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.2% High density, Greater Western Sydney Region: 10.0% Medium density, Greater Western Sydney Region: 17.4% Separate house, Greater Western Sydney Region: 71.7%
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 Western Sydney Region: +638 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Western Sydney Region: +371 High density, Greater Western Sydney Region: +18,354 Medium density, Greater Western Sydney Region: +18,030 Separate house, Greater Western Sydney Region: +24,008
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 532,546 separate houses in the area, 129,205 medium density dwellings, and 74,127 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 shows that 71.7% of all dwellings were separate houses; 17.4% were medium density dwellings, and 10.0% were in high density dwellings, compared with 55.0%, 20.3%, and 23.5% in the Greater Sydney respectively.

In 2016, a total of 94.2% of the dwellings in the Greater Western Sydney Region were occupied on Census night, compared to 92.5% in Greater Sydney. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 5.7%, which is smaller compared to that found in Greater Sydney (7.3%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the Greater Western Sydney Region increased by 64,127 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Separate house (+24,008 dwellings)
  • High density (+18,354 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+18,030 dwellings)
  • Other (+638 dwellings)
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