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Release: 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for local authorities in the United Kingdom - Part 3

Released: 23 January 2014
  • According to the 2011 Census, there were 1.9 million lone parents aged 16-74 in the UK.  Of these 90 per cent (1.7 million) were female and 10 per cent (181,000) were male.

  • In 2011, 43 per cent (7.6 million) of families in the UK had at least one dependent child.  Of these families, nearly half (46 per cent, 3.5 million) contained one dependent child, 38 per cent (2.9 million) had two dependent children and 16 per cent (1.2 million) contained three or more dependent children.  In Northern Ireland, almost half of all families (49 per cent, 238,000) had at least one dependent child, the highest proportion of all the countries in the UK, while Scotland had the lowest proportion at 41 per cent (614,000).

  • Of the 26.4 million households in the UK in 2011, one third (33 per cent, 8.8 million) consisted of married or same-sex civil partnership couple families only and nearly one third (31 per cent, 8.1 million) consisted of one person households only.  A further 11 per cent (2.9 million) of households contained lone parent families, 10 per cent (2.6 million) contained cohabiting couple families only, 8 per cent (2.1 million) were one family households where all members were aged 65 and over, and the remainder (8 per cent, 2.0 million) consisted of ‘Other’ household types.

  • Of the 18.4 million households in the UK containing more than one person, 88 per cent (16.1 million) of households contained members who all shared the same ethnic group.  The remaining 12 per cent (2.3 million) contained members of multiple ethnic groups.

  • More than three quarters (78 per cent, 20.5 million) of the 26.4 million households in the UK in 2011 were living in a house or bungalow.  More than a fifth (22 per cent, 5.8 million) of households were living in a flat, maisonette or apartment and less than one per cent (90,000) were living in a caravan or other temporary structure.

  • The proportion of households living in a flat, maisonette or apartment varied significantly across the constituent countries.  In Scotland over a third (36 per cent, 864,000) of all households lived in this type of accommodation compared with 9 per cent (62,000) in Northern Ireland.  The respective proportions for England and Wales were 21 per cent (4.7 million) and 12 per cent (160,000).

  • In 2011, households in the UK had an average of 5.4 rooms per household.  This ranged from 5.8 rooms in Northern Ireland to 5.0 rooms in Scotland. The average number of rooms per household in England and Wales was 5.4 and 5.6 rooms respectively.

  • In 2011, 9 per cent (2.3 million) of households in the UK were over-occupied and 73 per cent (19.2 million) were under-occupied based on occupancy rating (the notional number of rooms required for the number of people who live there).

  • In the UK in 2011, 19.6 million households were headed by a household reference person (HRP) aged 16-64.  Of these, 22 per cent (4.3 million) of HRPs had an approximated social grade of AB (Higher and intermediate managerial / administrative / professional occupations).  A further 31 per cent (6 million) of HRPs were grade C1 (Supervisory, clerical and junior managerial / administrative / professional occupations), 21 per cent (4.1 million) were grade C2 (Skilled manual occupations) and 26 per cent (5.1 million) were grade DE (Semi-skilled and unskilled manual occupations, unemployed and lowest grade occupations).

  • England had the highest proportion of HRPs with an approximated social grade of AB (23 per cent, 3.8 million), whilst Northern Ireland had the lowest with 17 per cent (90,000).  The respective proportions for Scotland and Wales were 19 per cent (328,000) and 18 per cent (166,000).

In this release

This release provides additional Key and Quick Statistics from the 2011 Censuses of the United Kingdom which describe the size and characteristics of the population of the UK.  It builds on previous releases of Key and Quick Statistics for the UK published on 11 October and 4 December 2013

The release combines information already published by each constituent country of the UK and these statistics are available for all local authority areas (or equivalent) in the UK. The release consists of 27 reference tables (4 Key Statistics and 23 Quick Statistics). Each reference table provides information about a single census topic or question and covers the following broad topics:

  • Living arrangements

  • Household composition

  • Accommodation type

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for carrying out the census in England and Wales. Simultaneous but separate censuses took place in Scotland and Northern Ireland. These were run by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). ONS is responsible for the publication of UK statistics by compiling comparable statistics from the UK statistical agencies above).  For Scotland-specific enquiries contact NRS.  For Northern Ireland-specific enquiries contact NISRA.

Further information on the methodology and quality assurance processes used to produce 2011 Census estimates is available from the ONS, NRS and NISRA websites for their respective countries.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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