Household type by Number of persons per bedroom by Tenure (England and Wales) 2011

Dataset population: Households

Household type

Household type classifies households in an alternative way to the household composition classification that is used in most standard census results.

A household is classified by the type of family present, but households with more than one family are categorised in the priority order:

  • Married couple family
  • Same-sex civil partnership couple family
  • Cohabiting couple family
  • Lone parent family

Within a family type, a family with dependent children takes priority.

This means that in tables that use this classification the alternative definitions of married couple household, same-sex civil partnership couple household, cohabiting couple household and lone parent household are applicable.

Number of persons per bedroom

The number of persons per bedroom is equal to the number of usual residents in a household divided by the number of bedrooms in that household's accommodation.

A bedroom is defined as any room that was intended to be used as a bedroom when the property was built, or any room that has been permanently converted for use as a bedroom. It also includes all rooms intended for use as a bedroom even if not being used as a bedroom at the time of the census.


Tenure provides information about whether a household rents or owns the accommodation that it occupies and, if rented, combines this with information about the type of landlord who owns or manages the accommodation.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Last Updated September 20, 2022, 17:12 (BST)
Created September 20, 2022, 16:58 (BST)
Visibility Public
Year 2011
Topics Accommodation and housing
Units Households
Geographic Layer Census Electoral Divisions
Census Wards
Local Authorities
London Boroughs
Lower Super Output Areas
Merging Local Authorities
Merging Wards and Electoral Divisions
Metropolitan Districts
Middle Super Output Areas
Non-Metropolitan Districts
Output Areas
Unitary Authorities
Frequency Decennial
Citation Office for National Statistics; National Records of Scotland; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; UK Data Service. DOI:
Geographical Coverage Location England and Wales
Granularity Country level down to Output Areas and Small Areas
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