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In Seaford, 61% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 25.3% were renting privately, and 4.0% were in social housing in 2011.

Seaford'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 Seaford, 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?'


Housing tenure
Tenure typeNumber%Frankston City %Number%Frankston City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idFully owned1,93927.726.32,00129.527.8-62
map this data in atlas.idMortgage2,29432.839.92,19732.440.3+97
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Social housing2824.03.12874.23.3-5
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Private1,76725.323.11,56723.120.1+200
Renting - Not stated
Other tenure type
Not stated

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, Frankston City: 1.2% Renting - Private, Frankston City: 23.1% Renting - Social housing, Frankston City: 3.1% Renting, Frankston City: 26.6% Mortgage, Frankston City: 39.9% Fully owned, Frankston City: 26.3% Other tenure type, Seaford: 1.9% Renting - Private, Seaford: 25.3% Renting - Social housing, Seaford: 4.0% Renting, Seaford: 29.7% Mortgage, Seaford: 32.8% Fully owned, Seaford: 27.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2011
Change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2011 Other tenure type, Seaford: +4 Renting - Private, Seaford: +200 Renting - Social housing, Seaford: -5 Renting, Seaford: +175 Mortgage, Seaford: +97 Fully owned, Seaford: -62
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of Seaford in 2011 compared to Frankston City 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, 27.7% of the population owned their dwelling; 32.8% were purchasing, and 29.7% were renting, compared with 26.3%, 39.9% and 26.6% respectively for Frankston City.

Emerging groups

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

  • Renting - Private (+200 persons)
  • Mortgage (+97 persons)
  • Fully owned (-62 persons)

The total number of households in Seaford increased by 215 between 2006 and 2011.