The first data released from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing shows that household ownership is in decline in Australia: the 'typical' house is owned with a mortgage, while in 2006 the home was owned outright.
The results show that the 'typical' Australian is a 38 year old woman, born in Australia and of English ancestry, married with two children, and living in a three-bedroom house with two cars.
The 'typical' home is owned with a mortgage, although that 'typical' arrangement differs from state to state.
The ‘typical’ home in Tasmania and New South Wales is owned outright, while in the Northern Territory it is rented.
In 2006, the average Australian home was owned outright.
The 'typical' home in Western Australia is slightly larger, with four bedrooms.
More census data will be released in August 2017.
To view an interactive map of census data state by state, click here.
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