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Household estimates

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

Key points

Estimated households for Wales

  • Between mid-2015 and mid-2016 the estimated number of households in Wales increased by 9,300 (0.7 per cent) to 1.34 million.
  • Over half of the overall increase was due to 1-person and 2-person households which remained the most common household type in Wales, based on these estimates.

Estimated households by local authority

  • The estimated number of households increased for 20 of the 22 local authorities in Wales between mid-2015 and mid-2016. The largest increases were for Cardiff, Swansea and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • For 2 of the 22 local authorities, the number of households were estimated to decrease between mid-2015 and mid-2016, showing an estimated growth of less than 50 households.

Private household population

  • At a Wales level the estimated private household population has increased by around 13,900 between mid-2015 and mid-2016.
  • Isle of Anglesey, Powys and Ceredigion showed decreased of their private populations.

Average household size estimates

  • Estimated average household size for Wales has decreased slightly from 2.29 to 2.28 persons between mid-2012 and mid-2016.
  • All local authorities have shown a decrease in estimated average household size since 2012.


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