Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Persons per room
'Persons per room' refers to an indicator of the level of crowding in a private dwelling. It is calculated by dividing the number of persons in the household by the number of rooms in the dwelling.
Number of persons per room
2016 (25% sample); 2011Note 1 (30% sample); 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981 (20% sample). For availability prior to 1981, refer to Appendix 2.0.
Derived variable: Question F4a)
In the standard products, the most detailed classification is as follows:
- One person or fewer per room
More than 1 person per room
- More than 1 but less than 1.50
1.50 persons or more
'Persons per room' is a measure of crowding that considers all rooms in a private dwelling and the number of household members. A higher value of 'persons per room' indicates a higher level of crowding.
An alternative measure is the housing suitability, according to the National Occupancy Standard (NOS), which assesses the required number of bedrooms for a household based on the age, sex, and relationships among household members.
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