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Household composition

All of the information on this page comes from the 2011 Census.

Just under four out of every five of Herefordshire’s residents live in a single family household; just over one in ten live in a one person household and one in ten  who live in an undefined ‘other household’ type. This is a broadly similar to the national picture, with 75%, 13% and 12% of residents who live in these household types respectively in England and Wales as a whole.

The need for housing, to a certain extent, is dependent on the current distribution of household composition types. For example a higher proportion of single person households would indicate a higher demand for smaller dwellings.

Herefordshire has a slightly higher proportion of lone pensioner households, 14% compared to the West Midlands (13%) and England and Wales, whereas the proportion of other single person households in the county (14%) is lower compared to regionally (17%) and nationally (18%).  There are a higher proportion of couples aged 50 years and over (21%) in the county than the West Midlands (18%) and England and Wales (17%).  The proportion of lone parent households with dependent children (9%) is slightly lower than in the West Midlands and England and Wales (both 11%).

Concealed families

The last decade has seen a large increase in the number of concealed families, i.e. those that live in a household containing more than one family (including grown-up children who have a spouse, partner or child living in the household; elderly parents living with their family; or unrelated families sharing a home).  Concealed families can be used as an indicator of housing demand for planning purposes, as this group potentially includes those interested in future household formation.  In 2011 there were almost 850 concealed families, an increase of 87% on 2001 compared with 70% nationally; whereas unconcealed families increased by 5% in the county.

Household composition around Herefordshire

Key points: 

  • There are a higher proportion of lone pensioner households in the market towns. Furthermore, according to the Office for National Statistics’ mid 2013 population estimates, whilst rural Herefordshire has relatively high proportions of older adults (aged 45 to 75). The market towns have the highest proportions of people aged 80+.
  • The proportion of other single person households is higher in the city and the market towns, whilst proportions of married or same-sex civil partnership couple households without children are higher rural locations.
  • The proportion of married or same-sex civil partnership couple households with dependent children is also higher in rural locations.
  • The proportion of lone parent households with dependent children is higher in the city and the market towns.