Perth's apartment phobia: Why people of the west prefer sprawl over high-density living

The Perth suburban sprawl. It stretches 150 kilometres along the coastline and has a footprint twice the size of Tokyo — but with only a fraction of its population.

Data reveals that's because the people of Perth are incredibly resistant to the idea of living in apartments.

The latest census reported "Perth residents overwhelmingly prefer to own their own home, and for that home to be a fully detached house".

Just 6.6 per cent of residents live in apartments (the national average is 13.1 per cent). A further 16 per cent live in terraced or semi-detached homes, while the remaining 77 per cent live in a fully detached house.

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