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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003   
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Contents >> Housing >> Number of bedrooms

One indicator of dwelling size is the number of bedrooms. In 1999-2000, half of all dwellings in Australia had three bedrooms, 24% had four or more bedrooms and 20% had two bedrooms (table 8.4). Of separate houses, 58% had three bedrooms, while two bedroom dwellings were more common in semidetached houses and in flats, units and apartments (46% and 60% respectively).

Nearly one-fifth (19%) of three bedroom dwellings had only one person living in them, over a third (36%) had only two persons, a further 20% had three persons, and 18% had four persons (table 8.5). Of two bedroom dwellings, most had one or two persons living in them (43% and 40% respectively).

Information on the incidence of other types of rooms such as bathrooms, toilets, laundries and lounge/dining/family rooms is available from the 1999 Australian Housing Survey.


8.4 ALL HOUSEHOLDS, By dwelling structure and number of bedrooms - 1999-2000

Separate house
Semidetached, row or terrace house, townhouse
Flat/unit/apartment
Total(a)
’000
’000
’000
’000

One bedroom
50.2
67.3
194.0
329.1
2 bedrooms
639.7
327.0
437.3
1,421.9
3 bedrooms
3,311.1
285.7
81.0
3,691.2
4 or more bedrooms
1,696.4
28.8
*4.5
1,733.7
Total(b)
5,697.4
708.9
725.8
7,188.1

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

Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Income and Housing Costs, 1999-2000.


8.5 ALL HOUSEHOLDS, By number of persons and number of bedrooms - 1999-2000

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

One bedroom
77.5
19.5
*1.8
*1.1
**-
100.0
329.1
2 bedrooms
43.1
39.8
11.2
4.6
1.3
100.0
1,421.9
3 bedrooms
19.1
35.7
19.7
18.1
7.4
100.0
3,691.2
4 or more bedrooms
6.8
23.3
17.5
26.1
26.3
100.0
1,733.7
Total(a)
24.5
32.7
16.5
16.2
10.1
100.0
7,188.1

(a) Includes bedsits and dwellings with zero bedrooms.

Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Income and Housing Costs, 1999-2000.


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