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Household estimates

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  • Release date: 13 January 2016
  • Period covered: mid-2014
A report that includes information by household type, population and average size.

Key points

Estimated households for Wales

  • Between mid-2013 and mid-2014 the estimated number of households in Wales increased by around 7,900 (or 0.6 per cent), to 1.326 million by 2014.
  • Over half of the overall increase was due to 1-person households which remained the most common household type in Wales, based on these estimates.
  • It is estimated that 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, except Ceredigion, between mid-2013 and mid-2014. The largest increases were for Cardiff, Swansea and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • For eight local authorities, increases were lower than for the previous 12 months, with estimated growth of less than a hundred for Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent.

Private household population

  • At a Wales level the estimated private household population has increased by over 9,000 between mid-2013 and mid-2014, compared to around 8,000 over the previous twelve months.
  • Whilst the higher increase to mid-2014 was reflected across most local authorities, there were decreases in the estimated household population for Ceredigion and Blaenau Gwent.

Average household size estimates

  • Estimates of average household size for Wales decreased slightly from 2.31 to 2.29 persons per household between mid-2011 and mid-2014.
  • All local authorities have shown a decrease in estimated average household size since 2011, except Merthyr Tydfil which has not shown a change in average household size since 2001.


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