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Household estimates

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  • Release date: 21 October 2014
  • Period covered: mid-2013
A report that includes information by household type, population and average size.

Key points

Estimated households for Wales

  • Between mid-2012 and mid-2013 the estimated number of households in Wales increased by around 7,000 (or 0.5 per cent), to 1.319 million by 2013.
  • Over half of the overall increase was due to 1-person households which became the most common household type in Wales, based on these estimates.
  • Overall numbers of households containing adults with children decreased whilst numbers of households containing adults without children increased.

Estimated households by local authority

  • The estimated number of households increased for all authorities in Wales between mid-2012 and mid-2013. The largest increases were for Cardiff, Swansea and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • For most authorities increases were lower than for the previous 12 months, with growth of less than a hundred for Anglesey, Gwynedd, Neath Port Talbot, and Blaenau Gwent.

Household population

  • At a Wales level the private household population has increased by over 8,000 between mid-2012 and mid-2013, compared to around 10,000 over the previous twelve months.
  • Whilst the lower increase to mid-2013 was reflected across most local authorities, there were decreases in the household population of up to a few hundred for Gwynedd, Powys and Neath Port Talbot and Ceredigion. For these authorities increases in estimated numbers of households tended to be limited to a couple of hundred or less.

Average household size

  • Average household size for Wales remained at around 2.3 persons per household between mid-2012 and mid-2013, compared to a slight decrease over the previous twelve months.
  • For a number of authorities, including Powys, Neath Port Talbot, Conwy, Carmarthenshire and Cardiff average household size did not decrease between mid-2012 and mid-2013.


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