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Macarthur Region

Dwelling type

In the Macarthur Region, 14.7% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 40% 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 Type is derived from an assessment by the Census Collector who observes and records the type of dwelling structure.'

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
Macarthur Region - Dwellings (Enumerated)20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Separate house72,92784.758.969,62085.560.9+3,307
Medium density11,69313.619.710,99313.519.1+700
High density9301.120.74430.519.2+487
Caravans, cabin, houseboat2600.30.22160.30.3+44
Other2250.30.41650.20.4+60
Not stated530.10.1360.00.1+17

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

Dwelling type
Macarthur Region20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings81,86695.092.977,43795.092.4+4,429
Unoccupied private dwellings4,2184.96.94,0395.07.4+179
Non private dwellings830.10.2770.10.2+6

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

Dwelling structure, 2011
Dwelling structure, 2011 Other, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Sydney: 0.2% High density, Greater Sydney: 20.7% Medium density, Greater Sydney: 19.7% Separate house, Greater Sydney: 58.9% Other, Macarthur Region: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Macarthur Region: 0.3% High density, Macarthur Region: 1.1% Medium density, Macarthur Region: 13.6% Separate house, Macarthur Region: 84.7%
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 dwelling structure, 2006 to 2011
Change in dwelling structure, 2006 to 2011 Other, Macarthur Region: +60 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Macarthur Region: +44 High density, Macarthur Region: +487 Medium density, Macarthur Region: +700 Separate house, Macarthur Region: +3,307
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

In 2011, there were 72,927 separate houses in the area, 11,693 medium density dwellings, and 930 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the Macarthur Region in 2011 shows that 84.7% of all dwellings were separate houses; 13.6% were medium density dwellings, and 1.1% were in high density dwellings, compared with 58.9%, 19.7%, and 20.7% in the Greater Sydney respectively.

In 2011, a total of 95.0% of the dwellings in the Macarthur Region were occupied on Census night, compared to 92.9% in Greater Sydney. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 4.9%, which is smaller compared to that found in Greater Sydney (6.9%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the Macarthur Region increased by 4,614 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the Macarthur Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Separate house (+3,307 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+700 dwellings)
  • High density (+487 dwellings)
  • Other (+60 dwellings)
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