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Housing tenure

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In City of Darwin, 43% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 36.6% were renting privately, and 6.0% were in social housing in 2016.

City of Darwin'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 City of Darwin, 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?'

Households

Housing tenure
City of Darwin - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Tenure typeNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idFully owned5,02016.816.25,11618.417.8-96
map this data in atlas.idMortgage7,80626.130.77,76027.932.1+46
Renting
12,88943.239.611,46041.237.7+1,429
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Social housing1,7836.05.51,9747.16.5-191
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Private10,93636.633.49,29833.530.5+1,638
Renting - Not stated
1700.60.61880.70.7-18
Other tenure type
1880.60.61570.60.6+31
Not stated
3,96313.312.93,30111.911.8+662

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, Greater Darwin: 0.6% Renting - Private, Greater Darwin: 33.4% Renting - Social housing, Greater Darwin: 5.5% Renting, Greater Darwin: 39.6% Mortgage, Greater Darwin: 30.7% Fully owned, Greater Darwin: 16.2% Other tenure type, City of Darwin: 0.6% Renting - Private, City of Darwin: 36.6% Renting - Social housing, City of Darwin: 6.0% Renting, City of Darwin: 43.2% Mortgage, City of Darwin: 26.1% Fully owned, City of Darwin: 16.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing tenure, 2011 to 2016
Change in housing tenure, 2011 to 2016 Other tenure type, City of Darwin: +31 Renting - Private, City of Darwin: +1,638 Renting - Social housing, City of Darwin: -191 Renting, City of Darwin: +1,429 Mortgage, City of Darwin: +46 Fully owned, City of Darwin: -96
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

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of City of Darwin in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a larger proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a smaller proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a larger proportion who were renters.

Overall, 16.8% of the population owned their dwelling; 26.1% were purchasing, and 43.2% were renting, compared with 16.2%, 30.7% and 39.6% respectively for Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

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

  • Renting - Private (+1,638 persons)
  • Renting - Social housing (-191 persons)
  • Fully owned (-96 persons)

The total number of households in City of Darwin increased by 2,072 between 2011 and 2016.

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