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NI Census Households and Accommodation


The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency has released further results from the 2011 Census, which was held on 27 March 2011.

The statistics provide a wide ranging profile of the Northern Ireland population covering demography, identity, health, housing, educational qualifications, labour market activity, travel to work or study and migration. The information is presented for a number of geographical levels based on, and including, Northern Ireland’s 26 Local Government Districts (LGDs).

The Census is widely acknowledged as playing a fundamental and unique role in the
provision of comprehensive and robust population statistics. Census information is needed to
form policy, to plan services for specific groups of people and, especially, to make effective
use of resources through distributing them to where they are needed most.

Households and Accommodation

There were 703,300 households in Northern Ireland, up 12 per cent (76,600) since 2001.

The main household space types were detached houses or bungalows, accounting for 37
per cent of household spaces, semi-detached houses or bungalows (28 per cent), terraced
properties (25 per cent) and purpose-built flats or apartments (8.6 per cent).

The number of households renting from a private landlord increased by 128 per cent, from
41,700 in 2001 to 95,200 in 2011, effectively doubling the share of all households
accounted for by private renting from 6.6 per cent in 2001 to 14 per cent in 2011.

The average household size across Northern Ireland decreased from 2.65 usual residents
in 2001 to 2.54 in 2011. 

The proportion of households with no central heating fell from 4.9 per cent in 2001 to 0.5
per cent in 2011.
Over three-quarters of households (77 per cent) had access to a car or van in 2011, up
from 74 per cent in 2001.  Over the same period, the proportion of households with access
to two or more cars or vans increased from 29 per cent to 36 per cent.
12 per cent of household accommodation had been designed or adapted for wheelchair
usage, other physical or mobility difficulties, visual difficulties, hearing difficulties or other

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