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Dwelling type

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In the City of Whittlesea, 16.8% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 33% in Greater Melbourne.

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

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 Whittlesea - Dwellings (Enumerated)20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Separate house
58,86782.966.149,14189.271.1+9,726
map this data in atlas.idMedium density11,00715.522.95,62210.221.1+5,385
map this data in atlas.idHigh density9491.310.12400.47.2+709
Caravans, cabin, houseboat
80.00.2100.00.2-2
Other
230.00.3370.10.3-14
Not stated
1250.20.3100.00.0+115

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 Whittlesea20162011Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Occupied private dwellings66,52893.790.751,72093.991.2+14,808
Unoccupied private dwellings4,4576.39.13,3456.18.6+1,112
Non private dwellings280.00.1310.10.2-3

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, Greater Melbourne: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Melbourne: 0.2% High density, Greater Melbourne: 10.1% Medium density, Greater Melbourne: 22.9% Separate house, Greater Melbourne: 66.1% Other, City of Whittlesea: 0.0% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Whittlesea: 0.0% High density, City of Whittlesea: 1.3% Medium density, City of Whittlesea: 15.5% Separate house, City of Whittlesea: 82.9%
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 Whittlesea: -14 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, City of Whittlesea: -2 High density, City of Whittlesea: +709 Medium density, City of Whittlesea: +5,385 Separate house, City of Whittlesea: +9,726
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 58,867 separate houses in the area, 11,007 medium density dwellings, and 949 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the City of Whittlesea in 2016 shows that 82.9% of all dwellings were separate houses; 15.5% were medium density dwellings, and 1.3% were in high density dwellings, compared with 66.1%, 22.9%, and 10.1% in the Greater Melbourne respectively.

In 2016, a total of 93.7% of the dwellings in the City of Whittlesea were occupied on Census night, compared to 90.7% in Greater Melbourne. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 6.3%, which is smaller compared to that found in Greater Melbourne (9.1%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the City of Whittlesea increased by 15,917 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Separate house (+9,726 dwellings)
  • Medium density (+5,385 dwellings)
  • High density (+709 dwellings)
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