North Coast Weekender - - Residential -

MORE Aus­tralians are tak­ing up apart­ment liv­ing, ac­cord­ing to Cen­sus data re­leased this week by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics.

About 10 per cent 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 per cent to 1,214,372 dwellings and there has been an in­crease in high-rise liv­ing, with 38 per cent of apart­ments in four or more storey blocks.

This fig­ure was 19 per cent in 1991.

Nearly half of all the oc­cu­pied apart­ments were in NSW (47 per cent), mak­ing up 21 per cent of all oc­cu­pied pri­vate dwellings in the state.

By com­par­i­son, 5 per cent of Aus­tralia’s apart­ments were in WA, mak­ing up just 6 per cent of the state’s oc­cu­pied pri­vate dwellings.

Apart­ment liv­ing was con­cen­trated within Aus­tralia’s ma­jor cap­i­tal cities, and Perth was home to 92 per cent of WA apart­ments.

The top three re­gions for apart­ment oc­cu­pa­tion were Perth city, Wem­b­ley-West Leed­erville-Glen­dalough and Su­bi­a­coShen­ton Park.

The Cen­sus data showed that for all apart­ments across Aus­tralia, 13 per cent were owned out­right, 15 per cent were owned with a mort­gage and well over half (59 per cent) were be­ing rented.

In con­trast, 34 per cent of sep­a­rate houses were owned out­right, 38 per cent owned with a mort­gage, and 21 per cent rented.

Apart­ment res­i­dents were mainly in the 25-34 age group (29 per cent), an­other 11 per cent were chil­dren aged 0-14 years, up slightly from the 10 per cent 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 per cent) than male (49 per cent) 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 per cent) peo­ple aged 25-34 years were apart­ment res­i­dents.

Nearly one in eight (12 per cent) peo­ple aged 85 years or more and 35-44 years were also apart­ment res­i­dents.

Younger peo­ple were also quite prom­i­nent – more than one in 10 (11 per cent) of Aus­tralia’s youth (aged 1524) lived in an apart­ment, as did nearly one in 10 (9 per cent) of chil­dren to four years.

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