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In the WSROC Region, 28.8% of the dwellings were medium or high density, compared to 40% in Greater Sydney.

Dwelling Type is an important determinant of the WSROC Region'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 WSROC Region.

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
WSROC Region - Dwellings (Enumerated)20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Separate house421,75770.758.9414,78873.160.9+6,968
Medium density111,36818.719.796,97117.119.1+14,397
High density60,27310.120.751,9829.219.2+8,291
Caravans, cabin, houseboat9400.20.21,5600.30.3-620
Other1,6240.30.41,7700.30.4-146
Not stated7660.10.16440.10.1+122

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

Dwelling type
WSROC Region20112006Change
Dwelling typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Occupied private dwellings565,41394.692.9533,57593.992.4+31,838
Unoccupied private dwellings31,2815.26.934,0596.07.4-2,778
Non private dwellings6880.10.26490.10.2+39

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 Sydney: 0.4% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, Greater Sydney: 0.2% High density, Greater Sydney: 20.7% Medium density, Greater Sydney: 19.7% Separate house, Greater Sydney: 58.9% Other, WSROC Region: 0.3% Caravans, cabin, houseboat, WSROC Region: 0.2% High density, WSROC Region: 10.1% Medium density, WSROC Region: 18.7% Separate house, WSROC Region: 70.7%
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, WSROC Region: -146 Caravans, cabin, houseboat, WSROC Region: -620 High density, WSROC Region: +8,291 Medium density, WSROC Region: +14,397 Separate house, WSROC Region: +6,968
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 421,757 separate houses in the area, 111,368 medium density dwellings, and 60,273 high density dwellings.

Analysis of the types of dwellings in the WSROC Region in 2011 shows that 70.7% of all dwellings were separate houses; 18.7% were medium density dwellings, and 10.1% were in high density dwellings, compared with 58.9%, 19.7%, and 20.7% in the Greater Sydney respectively.

In 2011, a total of 94.6% of the dwellings in the WSROC Region were occupied on Census night, compared to 92.9% in Greater Sydney. The proportion of unoccupied dwellings was 5.2%, which is smaller compared to that found in Greater Sydney (6.9%).

Emerging groups

The total number of dwellings in the WSROC Region increased by 29,099 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the type of dwellings found in the WSROC Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Medium density (+14,397 dwellings)
  • High density (+8,291 dwellings)
  • Separate house (+6,968 dwellings)
  • Caravans, cabin, houseboat (-620 dwellings)
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