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Rooms and bedrooms

A 'bedroom' is defined as a room in an occupied private dwelling that is used, or intended to be used, for sleeping in.

A 'room' is defined as a space in an occupied private dwelling that is used, or intended to be used, for habitation and is enclosed by walls reaching from the floor to the ceiling or roof covering.

Number of Bedrooms and Rooms
2006 Census
Number of bedrooms Percent  
One   5.8
Two   19.8
Three   46.3
Four   21.6
Five   5.0
Six   1.0
Seven             0.2
Eight or more   0.3
Total   100
Number of rooms   Percent  
One   0.7
Two   1.8 
Three   5.3
Four   9.8
Five 17.4
Six   25.7
Seven   16.9
Eight or more   22.4
Total   100

Bedrooms

  • The most common occupied private dwelling still has three bedrooms. In 2006, 46.3 percent of occupied private dwellings had three bedrooms, compared with 47.5 percent in 2001 and 47.9 percent in 1996.
  • As a proportion of all occupied private dwellings, the proportion of one-, two- and three-bedroom dwellings has fallen from 76.7 percent of occupied private dwellings in 1996 to 71.9 percent in 2006. In contrast, the proportion of four-, five- and six-bedroom dwellings has increased from 22.3 percent of occupied private dwellings in 1996 to 27.6 percent in 2006.

Rooms

  • The most common number of rooms for occupied private dwellings in 2006 was six. In 2006, 25.5 percent of occupied private dwellings had six rooms, compared with 27.2 percent in 2001 and 26.3 percent in 1996.
  • Occupied private dwellings with eight, nine or 10 rooms have become more common, increasing from 15.0 percent of occupied private dwellings in 1996 to 19.4 percent in 2006.
  • The number of people living in smaller households with more rooms has increased over the past 10 years. Households with one, two or three usual residents living in a dwelling with seven or more rooms have increased from 18.4 percent of all households in 1996 to 24.1 percent in 2006.
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