Stuff Worth Knowing | Some interesting housing demographic numbers

If 2020 taught us anything at all, it is that some numbers are thrown around as if they are vital yet many of us don’t really know if they are true; actually, important or what they even mean. urban

More often than not, we don’t have a simple set of baseline reference points to help ground truth or add clarity.

Of course, I am talking about Covid-related statistics here, but there is also a need for a simple, yet solid, range of base line reference numbers to help make sense of the housing market too.

So instead of posts, typical at this time of the year, guessing what might happen over the next 12 months – in coming weeks I will be sending you a range of numbers that I like to keep in my head or have within easy reach – that helps me understand what is going on when the latest headline housing market statistic comes across my bow.

This week let’s cover housing demographics.

Housing Demographics

How this stu­ff can help you

When I read something about the apartment demographics, for example, I compare what is being said against these baseline essentials:

  • there are about 2 million apartments across Australia
  • they represent about 20% of Australia’s dwelling stock
  • yet they hold just 10% of the country’s residents at 1.9 people per apartment
  • a third are unoccupied most of the time
  • they average 105m2 in size and most hold two bedrooms
  • apartment residents, typically, have one or two cars
  • most residents live alone or as a couple, meaning there are usually one or two people living in an apartment
  • two-thirds of Australia’s apartments are rented

This base line data set helps me determine if what is actually being reported – in this example about the apartment demographics – is new, and if I think so, then I can focus on working out the basis behind this new information and its relevance.Apartment

Using this type of reference information as a guide – I must admit – often finds that much of what is reported in the housing market space isn’t new or important at all.

Matusik Missives being the exception of course!


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'Stuff Worth Knowing | Some interesting housing demographic numbers' have 2 comments


    January 21, 2021 Warren

    When property statistics are divided into ‘house’ and ‘unit’, which group do townhouse/duplex dwellings go into? They’ve got characteristics of both, but I’m guessing they’re classed as houses? Or does a property have to be free-standing to be classed as a house? Thanks.


      Michael Yardney

      January 21, 2021 Michael Yardney

      It actually has to do with the street numbering and if the property has a separate address. 25A Smith st would be considered a “house” apartment 1 25 smith st is a unit


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