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NEW HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION STATISTICS FOR GREAT BRITAIN

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Statistics on the population of Great Britain analysed by household composition are published today. The main resul...
Statistics on the population of Great Britain analysed by household composition are published today. The main results are given in a 1991 Census Monitor and the details in a Census Report.

These statistics are based on answers given in the Census taken in April 1991. Some key findings for Great Britain are: - 21.9 million households were counted: an increase of 12.3% compared with 1981, whereas the number of residents only increased by 2.5%. The proportion of households with only one person increased from 22% in 1981 to 27%. 70% of households contained no dependent children, compared with 66% in 1981.

Households consisting of just a lone pensioner were more common among White households than in those of minority ethnic groups. 16% of White households consisted of a lone pensioner, compared with 4% of Black households, and 2% of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi households.

Lone adults with dependent chidren were more prevalent among Black households (17%) than White (4%), Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi (4%), and households of other ethnic groups (7%). Only 20% of all households consisted of a man, a woman, and one or more dependent children. The proportion was considerably higher (38 %) in Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi households than in White households (19 %) and Black households (17 %).

In households consisting of two adults of the opposite sex, the proportion with both adults in employment ranged from 41% in households with 3 or more dependent children to 67% in households with no dependent children. The proportion of households with only one adult in employment varied from 44% in households with 3 or more dependent children to 23% in households with no dependent children.

The highest proportion of owner occupation, around three- quarters, was in households consisting of 2 or more adults of both sexes; and the lowest, about one-third, was in households consisting of 1 adult with dependent children.

The proportion of households with no car was highest among lone pensioners (80%) and lone adults with dependent children (65%). The lowest proportion was for households with 2 adults of opposite sex with dependent children (13 %).

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