Census data shows apartment living up
About 10% of all people in Australia spent Census night in an apartment and there is now one apartment occupied for every five houses, compared to one to seven in 1991.
Over the past 25 years, the number of occupied apartments (including flats and units) increased by 78% to 1,214,372 dwellings and there has been an increase in high-rise living with 38% of apartments in four or more storey blocks.
This figure was 19% in 1991.
Nearly half of all the occupied apartments were in NSW (47 per cent), making up 21% of all occupied private dwellings in the state.
By comparison, 5% of Australia’s apartments were in WA, making up just 6% of the state’s occupied private dwellings.
Apartment living was concentrated within Australia’s major capital cities and Perth was home to 92% of WA apartments.
The top three regions for apartment occupation were Perth city, Wembley-West Leederville-Glendalough and Subiaco-Shenton Park.
The Census data showed that for all apartments across Australia, 13% were owned outright, 15% were owned with a mortgage and well over half (59%) were being rented.
In contrast, 34% of separate houses were owned outright, 38% owned with a mortgage, and 21% rented.
Apartment residents were mainly in the 25-34 age group (29%), another 11% were children aged 0-14 years, up slightly from the 10% share recorded a decade earlier.
The median age of males and females who usually lived in an apartment remained the same at 33 years.
People living in apartments were more likely to be female (51%) than male (49%) and women were slightly more likely to be living in apartments in their later years.
Compared with the overall population living in private dwellings, in 2016 one in five (21%) people aged 25-34 years were apartment residents.
Nearly one in eight (12%) people aged 85 years or more and 35-44 years were also apartment residents.
Younger people were also quite prominent; more than one in ten (11%) of Australia’s youth (aged 15-24) lived in an apartment, as did nearly one in 10 (9%) of children to four years old.
Article by: Natalie Hordov
Source: Community News