Queenslanders moving into bigger homes: ABS 2011 census

Queensland had a bigger shift towards homes with four or more bedrooms than any other state in Australia from 2006 to 2011.

According to census data, homes with four or more bedrooms now represent 34.4% of dwellings in Queensland, up from 31% in 2006.

The proportion of three-bedroom homes in Queensland dropped from 45% to 42.1%.

The average number of bedrooms in Queensland is now 3.2.

Western Australia has the highest average number of bedrooms at 3.3, unchanged from 2006, though the proportion of homes with four or more bedrooms did rise by 2.2 percentage points.

One-bedroom homes are becoming popular in across Australia, with NSW recording the biggest increase, from 5.2% to 5.6%.

Across Australia, homes with four or more bedrooms account for 30.3% of dwellings, up from 28.1%, and the average number of bedrooms is 3.1, up from three.

Number of bedrooms 

Queensland

%

2006

%

Australia

%

Occupied private dwellings

None (includes bedsitters)

8,676

0.6

7,630

0.5

42,160

0.5

1 bedroom

64,983

4.2

55,834

4.0

363,129

4.7

2 bedrooms

260,607

16.8

241,392

17.3

1,481,577

19.1

3 bedrooms

651,208

42.1

626,657

45.0

3,379,930

43.6

4 or more bedrooms

532,756

34.4

431,408

31.0

2,350,132

30.3

Number of bedrooms not stated

29,075

1.9

28,715

2.1

143,394

1.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average number of bedrooms per dwelling

3.2

--

3.1

--

3.1

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Average number of people per household

2.6

--

2.6

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2.6

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Alistair Walsh

Alistair Walsh

Deutsche Welle online reporter

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