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Dwelling type

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In the City of Newcastle, 30.3% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 17% in Regional NSW.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of the City of Newcastle'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 City of Newcastle.

Derived from the Census:

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

Dwellings

Dwelling structure
City of Newcastle - Dwellings (Enumerated)20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Separate house
47,23868.680.247,05371.581.5+185
map this data in atlas.idMedium density15,51622.514.313,95121.214.0+1,565
map this data in atlas.idHigh density5,3627.82.54,3486.62.2+1,014
Caravans, cabin, houseboat
1650.21.9560.11.7+109
Other
2350.30.42710.40.5-36
Not stated
3010.40.7890.10.2+212

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

Dwelling type
City of Newcastle20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Occupied private dwellings62,33290.387.360,88492.386.9+1,448
Unoccupied private dwellings6,4999.412.34,8877.412.8+1,612
Non private dwellings1880.30.41680.30.4+20

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, Regional NSW: 0.4% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Regional NSW: 1.9% High density, Regional NSW: 2.5% Medium density, Regional NSW: 14.3% Separate house, Regional NSW: 80.2% Other, City of Newcastle: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Newcastle: 0.2% High density, City of Newcastle: 7.8% Medium density, City of Newcastle: 22.5% Separate house, City of Newcastle: 68.6%
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, City of Newcastle: -36 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Newcastle: +109 High density, City of Newcastle: +1,014 Medium density, City of Newcastle: +1,565 Separate house, City of Newcastle: +185
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 47,238 separate houses in the area, 15,516 medium density dwellings, and 5,362 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the City of Newcastle in 2016 shows that 68.6% of all dwellings were separate houses; 22.5% were medium density dwellings, and 7.8% were in high density dwellings, compared with 80.2%, 14.3%, and 2.5% in the Regional NSW respectively.

In 2016, a total of 90.3% of the dwellings in the City of Newcastle were occupied on Census night, compared to 87.3% in Regional NSW. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 9.4%, which is smaller compared to that found in Regional NSW (12.3%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the City of Newcastle increased by 3,080 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the City of Newcastle between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Medium density (+1,565 dwellings)
  • High density (+1,014 dwellings)
  • Separate house (+185 dwellings)
  • Caravans, cabin, houseboat (+109 dwellings)
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