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Household estimates

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  • Release date: 27 September 2016
  • Period covered: Mid-2015
  • Next update: 26 September 2017
A report that includes information by household type, population and average size.

Key points

Estimated households for Wales

  • Between mid-2014 and mid-2015 the estimated number of households in Wales increased by 5,900 (0.4 per cent) to 1.332 million. 
  • 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 19 of the 22 local authorities in Wales between mid-2014 and mid-2015.  The largest increases were for Cardiff, Swansea and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • For 18 of the 22 local authorities, the number of estimated households had a smaller increase than for the previous 12 months, with 3 local authorities showing an estimated growth of less than 100 households.

Private household population

  • At a Wales level the estimated private household population has increased by around 7,000 between mid-2014 and mid-2015, compared to over 9,000 over the previous twelve months.
  • Most local authorities contributed to the lower annual increase to mid-2015.  There were decreases in the household population for 9 of the 22 local authorities.

Average household size estimates

  • Estimated average household size for Wales has decreased slightly from 2.31 to 2.29 persons between mid-2011 and mid-2015.
  • All local authorities have shown a decrease in estimated average household size since 2011, except Merthyr Tydfil which has not shown a change in its estimated average household size since 2001.


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