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The rise and rise of high-rise

05 Oct 2017

The number of occupied high-rise apartment doubled in Australia between 1991 and last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has found.

Last year’s census also showed that there is now one apartment occupied for every five houses, up from one in seven in 1991.

And apartment living was notable at both ends of the age spectrum – 9 per cent of children to the age of four live in apartments, as do 11 per cent of 15-24-year-olds and 12 per cent of people aged 85 and over.

On the census night, there were 1.2 million occupied apartments in Australia, of which 463,553 were high-rise (four storeys plus).

Key findings include:

The proportion of high-rise apartments has doubled in the last 25 years, from 19 per cent in 1991 to 38 per cent in 2016;

Nearly half of Australia’s occupied apartments are in NSW (47 per cent);

One in five (21 per cent) of all occupied private dwellings in NSW are apartments;

59 per cent of apartments were rented; and

Only 13 per cent of all apartments were owned outright.

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