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In Smithfield, 41% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 28.5% were renting privately, and 22.0% were in social housing in 2011.

Smithfield'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 Smithfield, 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
Smithfield - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Tenure typeNumber%City of Playford %Number%City of Playford %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idFully owned10111.620.29616.322.2+5
map this data in atlas.idMortgage26129.938.515626.439.1+105
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Social housing19322.012.617930.215.6+14
map this data in atlas.idRenting - Private24928.521.911218.915.4+138
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, City of Playford: 0.5% Renting - Private, City of Playford: 21.9% Renting - Social housing, City of Playford: 12.6% Renting, City of Playford: 35.0% Mortgage, City of Playford: 38.5% Fully owned, City of Playford: 20.2% Other tenure type, Smithfield: 0.1% Renting - Private, Smithfield: 28.5% Renting - Social housing, Smithfield: 22.0% Renting, Smithfield: 51.4% Mortgage, Smithfield: 29.9% Fully owned, Smithfield: 11.6%
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, Smithfield: -2 Renting - Private, Smithfield: +138 Renting - Social housing, Smithfield: +14 Renting, Smithfield: +159 Mortgage, Smithfield: +105 Fully owned, Smithfield: +5
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 Smithfield in 2011 compared to the City of Playford shows that there was a smaller proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a smaller proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a larger proportion who were renters.

Overall, 11.6% of the population owned their dwelling; 29.9% were purchasing, and 51.4% were renting, compared with 20.2%, 38.5% and 35.0% respectively for the City of Playford.

Emerging groups

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

  • Renting - Private (+138 persons)
  • Mortgage (+105 persons)

The total number of households in Smithfield increased by 284 between 2006 and 2011.