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In City of Darwin, 44.5% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 34% in Greater Darwin.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of City of Darwin'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 City of Darwin.

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
City of Darwin - Dwellings (Enumerated)20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Separate house
15,49350.960.315,22653.762.2+267
map this data in atlas.idMedium density8,14826.822.07,13125.220.8+1,017
map this data in atlas.idHigh density5,40017.711.94,34615.310.6+1,054
Caravans, cabin, houseboat
9143.04.41,1314.04.7-217
Other
3741.21.14751.71.6-101
Not stated
1190.40.3280.10.1+91

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

Dwelling type
City of Darwin20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings27,79390.991.726,38892.793.4+1,405
Unoccupied private dwellings2,6498.77.91,9466.86.3+703
Non private dwellings1440.50.31230.40.3+21

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 Darwin: 1.1% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Darwin: 4.4% High density, Greater Darwin: 11.9% Medium density, Greater Darwin: 22.0% Separate house, Greater Darwin: 60.3% Other, City of Darwin: 1.2% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Darwin: 3.0% High density, City of Darwin: 17.7% Medium density, City of Darwin: 26.8% Separate house, City of Darwin: 50.9%
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, City of Darwin: -101 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Darwin: -217 High density, City of Darwin: +1,054 Medium density, City of Darwin: +1,017 Separate house, City of Darwin: +267
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 15,493 separate houses in the area, 8,148 medium density dwellings, and 5,400 high density dwellings. In addition, there were 914 caravans/cabins/houseboats in the area.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in City of Darwin in 2011 shows that 50.9% of all dwellings were separate houses; 26.8% were medium density dwellings, and 17.7% were in high density dwellings, compared with 60.3%, 22.0%, and 11.9% in the Greater Darwin respectively.

In 2011, a total of 90.9% of the dwellings in City of Darwin were occupied on Census night, compared to 91.7% in Greater Darwin. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 8.7%, which is larger compared to that found in Greater Darwin (7.9%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in City of Darwin increased by 2,129 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • High density (+1,054 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+1,017 dwellings)
  • Separate house (+267 dwellings)
  • Caravans, cabin, houseboat (-217 dwellings)
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