Number of persons per room
Part A - Short definition:
Part B - Detailed definition:
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.
Derived variable: Question E4(a)
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 suitabilityFootnote 1 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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