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In City of Darwin, 46% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 33.5% were renting privately, and 7.1% were in social housing in 2011.

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)20112006Change
Tenure typeNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idFully owned5,11618.417.84,89918.617.9+217
map this data in atlas.idMortgage7,76027.932.17,88129.933.8-121
Renting
11,46041.237.710,45539.635.8+1,005
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Social housing1,9747.16.52,2408.58.1-266
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Private9,29833.530.58,01530.426.9+1,283
Renting - Not stated
1880.70.72000.80.8-12
Other tenure type
1570.60.6950.40.4+62
Not stated
3,30111.911.83,05711.612.1+244

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

Housing tenure, 2011
Housing tenure, 2011 Other tenure type, Greater Darwin: 0.6% Renting - Private, Greater Darwin: 30.5% Renting - Social housing, Greater Darwin: 6.5% Renting, Greater Darwin: 37.7% Mortgage, Greater Darwin: 32.1% Fully owned, Greater Darwin: 17.8% Other tenure type, City of Darwin: 0.6% Renting - Private, City of Darwin: 33.5% Renting - Social housing, City of Darwin: 7.1% Renting, City of Darwin: 41.2% Mortgage, City of Darwin: 27.9% Fully owned, City of Darwin: 18.4%
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 housing tenure, 2006 to 2011
Change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2011 Other tenure type, City of Darwin: +62 Renting - Private, City of Darwin: +1,283 Renting - Social housing, City of Darwin: -266 Renting, City of Darwin: +1,005 Mortgage, City of Darwin: -121 Fully owned, City of Darwin: +217
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

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of City of Darwin in 2011 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, 18.4% of the population owned their dwelling; 27.9% were purchasing, and 41.2% were renting, compared with 17.8%, 32.1% and 37.7% respectively for Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in City of Darwin between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Renting - Private (+1,283 persons)
  • Renting - Social housing (-266 persons)
  • Fully owned (+217 persons)
  • Mortgage (-121 persons)

The total number of households in City of Darwin increased by 1,407 between 2006 and 2011.

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