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Housing rental payments

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In City of Darwin, 44.0% of renting households were paying $450 or more per week in rent in 2016.

Rental payments can be a better measure of the cost of housing in City of Darwin than mortgage repayments because they are not contingent on length of occupancy or equity in the dwelling.

High rental payments may indicate desirable areas with mobile populations who prefer to rent, or a housing shortage, or gentrification. Low rental payments may indicate public housing (check Tenure Type), or areas where low income households move by necessity for a lower cost of living.

Rental payments are not directly comparable over time because of inflation. For comparison of rental payments over time, go to Housing Rental Quartiles.

Derived from the Census questions:

'How much does your household pay for this dwelling?' and 'Is this dwelling (owned outright, owned with a mortgage etc.)'

Households renting their dwelling

Weekly housing rental payments
City of Darwin - Households (Enumerated)2016
Weekly rental amountNumber%Greater Darwin %
$99 or less1,0097.88.8
$100 - $1494203.33.7
$150 - $1993412.62.6
$200 - $2496084.74.8
$250 - $2997335.75.5
$300 - $3491,0458.17.3
$350 - $3991,2609.89.0
$400 - $4491,1528.99.0
$450 - $5492,40918.719.4
$550 - $6491,50611.712.5
$650 - $7498606.76.5
$750 - $8493973.12.9
$850+5003.93.0
Not stated6635.15.0

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

Weekly housing rental payments, 2016
Weekly housing rental payments, 2016 $850+, Greater Darwin: 3.0% $750 - $849, Greater Darwin: 2.9% $650 - $749, Greater Darwin: 6.5% $550 - $649, Greater Darwin: 12.5% $450 - $549, Greater Darwin: 19.4% $400 - $449, Greater Darwin: 9.0% $350 - $399, Greater Darwin: 9.0% $300 - $349, Greater Darwin: 7.3% $250 - $299, Greater Darwin: 5.5% $200 - $249, Greater Darwin: 4.8% $150 - $199, Greater Darwin: 2.6% $100 - $149, Greater Darwin: 3.7% $99 or less, Greater Darwin: 8.8% $850+, City of Darwin: 3.9% $750 - $849, City of Darwin: 3.1% $650 - $749, City of Darwin: 6.7% $550 - $649, City of Darwin: 11.7% $450 - $549, City of Darwin: 18.7% $400 - $449, City of Darwin: 8.9% $350 - $399, City of Darwin: 9.8% $300 - $349, City of Darwin: 8.1% $250 - $299, City of Darwin: 5.7% $200 - $249, City of Darwin: 4.7% $150 - $199, City of Darwin: 2.6% $100 - $149, City of Darwin: 3.3% $99 or less, City of Darwin: 7.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the weekly housing rental payments of households in City of Darwin compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a similar proportion of households paying high rental payments ($450 per week or more), and a smaller proportion of households with low rental payments (less than $250 per week).

Overall, 44.0% of households were paying high rental payments, and 18.4% were paying low payments, compared with 44.4% and 19.8% respectively in Greater Darwin.

The major difference between the housing rental payments of City of Darwin and Greater Darwin was:

  • A smaller percentage of $99 or less (7.8% compared to 8.8%)
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