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Perth Metropolitan Area

Dwelling type

In the Perth Metropolitan Area, 22.7% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 23% in Greater Perth.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of the Perth Metropolitan Area'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 Perth Metropolitan Area.

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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Dwellings (Enumerated)20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Separate house557,13376.776.7497,31477.477.4+59,819
Medium density129,97117.917.9114,03717.817.8+15,934
High density34,6894.84.826,4744.14.1+8,215
Caravans, cabin, houseboat2,7470.40.43,0910.50.5-345
Other1,0070.10.19410.10.1+65
Not stated4040.10.13310.10.1+73

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

Dwelling type
Perth Metropolitan Area20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings659,83290.890.8586,82491.391.3+73,008
Unoccupied private dwellings66,1089.19.155,4398.68.6+10,668
Non private dwellings8790.10.17570.10.1+122

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 Perth: 0.1% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Perth: 0.4% High density, Greater Perth: 4.8% Medium density, Greater Perth: 17.9% Separate house, Greater Perth: 76.7% Other, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.1% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.4% High density, Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.8% Medium density, Perth Metropolitan Area: 17.9% Separate house, Perth Metropolitan Area: 76.7%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: +65 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Perth Metropolitan Area: -345 High density, Perth Metropolitan Area: +8,215 Medium density, Perth Metropolitan Area: +15,934 Separate house, Perth Metropolitan Area: +59,819
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 557,133 separate houses in the area, 129,971 medium density dwellings, and 34,689 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 shows that 76.7% of all dwellings were separate houses; 17.9% were medium density dwellings, and 4.8% were in high density dwellings, compared with 76.7%, 17.9%, and 4.8% in the Greater Perth respectively.

In 2011, a total of 90.8% of the dwellings in the Perth Metropolitan Area were occupied on Census night, compared to 90.8% in Greater Perth. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 9.1%, which is similar compared to that found in Greater Perth (9.1%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the Perth Metropolitan Area increased by 83,798 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the Perth Metropolitan Area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Separate house (+59,819 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+15,934 dwellings)
  • High density (+8,215 dwellings)
  • Caravans, cabin, houseboat (-345 dwellings)
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