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Macarthur Region

Dwelling type

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In the Macarthur Region, 15.4% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 44% in Greater Sydney.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of the Macarthur Region'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 the Macarthur Region.

Derived from the Census:

'Dwelling Structure is derived from the ABS address register supplemented with information from Census Field Officers.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
Macarthur Region - Dwellings (Enumerated)20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Separate house82,44683.955.072,92784.758.9+9,519
Medium density13,65313.920.311,69313.619.7+1,960
High density1,4621.523.59301.120.7+532
Caravans, cabin, houseboat2520.30.32600.30.2-8
Other1460.10.52250.30.4-79
Not stated2660.30.4530.10.1+213

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling type
Macarthur Region20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Occupied private dwellings93,31794.992.581,86695.092.9+11,451
Unoccupied private dwellings4,9095.07.34,2184.96.9+691
Non private dwellings790.10.2830.10.2-4

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dwelling structure, 2016
Dwelling structure, 2016 Other, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Sydney: 0.3% High density, Greater Sydney: 23.5% Medium density, Greater Sydney: 20.3% Separate house, Greater Sydney: 55.0% Other, Macarthur Region: 0.1% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Macarthur Region: 0.3% High density, Macarthur Region: 1.5% Medium density, Macarthur Region: 13.9% Separate house, Macarthur Region: 83.9%
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 dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in dwelling structure, 2011 to 2016 Other, Macarthur Region: -79 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Macarthur Region: -8 High density, Macarthur Region: +532 Medium density, Macarthur Region: +1,960 Separate house, Macarthur Region: +9,519
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

In 2016, there were 82,446 separate houses in the area, 13,653 medium density dwellings, and 1,462 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the Macarthur Region in 2016 shows that 83.9% of all dwellings were separate houses; 13.9% were medium density dwellings, and 1.5% were in high density dwellings, compared with 55.0%, 20.3%, and 23.5% in the Greater Sydney respectively.

In 2016, a total of 94.9% of the dwellings in the Macarthur Region were occupied on Census night, compared to 92.5% in Greater Sydney. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 5.0%, which is smaller compared to that found in Greater Sydney (7.3%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the Macarthur Region increased by 12,138 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the Macarthur Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Separate house (+9,519 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+1,960 dwellings)
  • High density (+532 dwellings)
  • Other (-79 dwellings)
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