1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2006  
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Contents >> Chapter 8 - Housing >> Number of bedrooms

NUMBER OF BEDROOMS

One indicator of dwelling size is the number of bedrooms. In 2002-03 nearly half (49%) of all dwellings had three bedrooms, 26% had four or more bedrooms and 21% had two bedrooms (table 8.2). Of separate houses, 56% had three bedrooms, while two-bedroom dwellings were more common in semi-detached houses and in flats, units and apartments (45% and 63% respectively).

Over a fifth (21%) of three-bedroom dwellings had only one person living in them, over a third (38%) had only two people, a further 19% had three people, and 16% had four people (table 8.3). Of two bedroom dwellings, most had one or two people living in them (45% and 40% respectively).

8.2 ALL HOUSEHOLDS, By dwelling structure and number of bedrooms - 2002-03

Separate
house
Semi-detached/row
or terrace
house/townhouse
Flat/unit/apartment
All
households(a)
’000
’000
’000
’000

One bedroom
47.9
77.2
201.4
339.3
2 bedrooms
662.7
348.7
549.3
1,580.5
3 bedrooms
3,298.8
324.1
111.6
3,746.3
4 or more bedrooms
1,927.7
28.9
n.p.
1,958.0
Total(b)
5,937.1
778.9
872.7
7,638.2

(a) Includes other dwelling structures.
(b) Includes bedsits and dwellings with zero bedrooms.

Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Income and Housing, 2002-03.

8.3 ALL HOUSEHOLDS, By number of persons and number of bedrooms - 2002-03

One person
Two persons
Three persons
Four persons
Five or more
Total
All households
%
%
%
%
%
%
’000

One bedroom
85.9
13.0
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
100.0
339.3
2 bedrooms
44.6
40.2
10.8
3.3
1.2
100.0
1,580.5
3 bedrooms
20.7
37.5
19.1
16.3
6.4
100.0
3,746.3
4 or more bedrooms
7.2
25.6
18.2
26.7
22.3
100.0
1,958.0
Total(a)
25.2
33.8
16.3
15.5
9.1
100.0
7,638.2

(a) Includes bedsits and dwellings with zero bedrooms.

Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Income and Housing, 2002-03.


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