This dataset provides 2011 estimates that classify households in England and Wales by occupancy rating based on the number of bedrooms in the household. The estimates are as at census day, 27 March 2011.

This information is used to provide a measure of under-occupancy and over-crowding to allow central and local government to develop appropriate housing policies and plan future housing provision.

This is the first time this information has been available from the census. This helps to identify households living in overcrowded accommodation and provides local authorities the information they need to tackle housing problems.

Statistical Disclosure Control
In order to protect against disclosure of personal information from the 2011 Census, there has been swapping of records in the Census database between different geographic areas, and so some counts will be affected. In the main, the greatest effects will be at the lowest geographies, since the record swapping is targeted towards those households with unusual characteristics in small areas.

More details on the ONS Census disclosure control strategy may be found on the Statistical Disclosure Control page on the ONS web site.

Revisions and Corrections

2014-01-17 12:00
A change has been made to the calculation of occupancy rating (bedrooms). This affects the original version of this table that was first published 30 January 2013. In the original versions all households who reported having no bedrooms were reported as over-occupied (i.e. they had fewer bedrooms than required), but this is not necessarily correct as these are usually one-room hs has recalculated the occupancy rating, treating these households as if they have one bedroom.
Table ID
Census 2011
Bedrooms, Household, Occupancy rating
England and Wales
Area types
Output area and above
Latest data
Last updated
2014-01-17 12:00
Rural Urban, Occupancy Rating
01329 444 972
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