Last edited 23 Sep 2016

Household definition

According to the Household Projections: England prepared by the Department for Communities and Local Government, a household, as defined in the 2011 Census is:

‘one person living alone; or a group of people (not necessarily related) living at the same address who share cooking facilities and share a living room or sitting room or dining area’.

The previous definition used in the 2001 Census was:

‘one person living alone or a group of people (not necessarily related) living at the same address with common housekeeping – that is, sharing either a living room or sitting room or at least one meal a day’.

The definition was altered to take into account social changes and modern living arrangements.

The National Statistics harmonised survey definition of a household is:

One person or a group of people who have the accommodation as their only or main residence AND (for a group):

  • either share at least one meal a day, or
  • share the living accommodation, that is, a living room or sitting room.

The occupant(s) of a bedsit who do not share a sitting or living room with anyone else comprise a single household.

NB From April 2001, Government surveys, replaced the traditional concept of the "head of the household" (HOH) with a "household reference person" (HRP). See household reference person for more information.

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