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Number of bedrooms per dwelling

Dwellings with 3 bedrooms were the most common in the RDA Northern Territory in 2011.

The Number of Bedrooms in a dwelling is an indicator of the size of dwellings, and when combined with Dwelling Type information, provides insight into the role the RDA Northern Territory plays in the housing market. For example, an area of high density dwellings that are predominantly 1-2 bedroom are likely to attract students, single workers and young couples, whereas a high density area with dwellings that are predominantly 2-3 bedroom may attract more empty nesters and some families.

In combination with Household Type and Household Size, the Number of Bedrooms can also indicate issues around housing affordability, overcrowding and other socio-economic factors.

Derived from the Census question:

'How many bedrooms are there in this dwelling?'

Occupied private dwellings

Number of bedrooms per dwelling
RDA Northern Territory - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Number of bedroomsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
0 or 1 bedrooms9,09912.59.18,26412.39.2+835
2 bedrooms13,96119.220.212,61218.820.3+1,349
3 bedrooms28,04438.639.127,25040.641.6+794
4 bedrooms10,84214.916.48,71413.013.9+2,128
5 bedrooms or more2,3253.23.71,7412.63.0+584
Not stated8,32211.511.68,58212.811.9-260

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

Number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2011
Number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2011 Not stated, Greater Darwin: 11.6% 5 bedrooms or more, Greater Darwin: 3.7% 4 bedrooms, Greater Darwin: 16.4% 3 bedrooms, Greater Darwin: 39.1% 2 bedrooms, Greater Darwin: 20.2% 0 or 1 bedrooms, Greater Darwin: 9.1% Not stated, RDA Northern Territory: 11.5% 5 bedrooms or more, RDA Northern Territory: 3.2% 4 bedrooms, RDA Northern Territory: 14.9% 3 bedrooms, RDA Northern Territory: 38.6% 2 bedrooms, RDA Northern Territory: 19.2% 0 or 1 bedrooms, RDA Northern Territory: 12.5%
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 number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2006 to 2011
Change in number of bedrooms per dwelling, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, RDA Northern Territory: -260 5 bedrooms or more, RDA Northern Territory: +584 4 bedrooms, RDA Northern Territory: +2,128 3 bedrooms, RDA Northern Territory: +794 2 bedrooms, RDA Northern Territory: +1,349 0 or 1 bedrooms, RDA Northern Territory: +835
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

Analysis of the number of bedrooms in dwellings in RDA Northern Territory in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a higher proportion of dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and a lower proportion of dwellings with 4 or more bedrooms.

Overall, 31.8% of households were in dwellings with 2 bedrooms or less, and 18.1% of 4 or more bedroom dwellings, compared with 29.3% and 20.1% for Greater Darwin respectively.

The major differences between the number of bedrooms per dwelling of the RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage of dwellings with 1 or no bedrooms (includes bedsitters) (12.5% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 4 bedroom dwellings (14.9% compared to 16.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of bedrooms per dwelling in the RDA Northern Territory between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 4 bedrooms (+2,128 dwellings)
  • 2 bedrooms (+1,349 dwellings)
  • 0 or 1 bedrooms (+835 dwellings)
  • 3 bedrooms (+794 dwellings)

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