The majority of Australians live in separate houses. In March 2008, more than three-quarters of all households (77%) occupied separate houses, down from 81% in 1994 (graph 2.1 and table 2.7). Separate houses were more common outside of capital cities (85%) than within capital cities (73%). Of the states and territories, Tasmania had the highest proportion of separate dwellings (86%), whereas New South Wales and the Northern Territory had the highest proportion of flats or units (19%) (table 2.6).
2.1 Dwelling type
The majority (52%) of separate houses had three bedrooms while a further 37% had four or more bedrooms. In contrast, 45% of semi-detached, row/terrace houses and 86% of flats, units, apartments, and other types of dwellings had one or two bedrooms or were a bedsitter (table 2.8).