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 %).
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 %).