2001 Census: Household Composition
This table shows the percentage of the population that live in each household type. A household can be defined as one person, or a group of people that live in the same address and share a living room or a minimum of one meal a day. A family is a couple that are married or cohabiting, either with or without children or a lone parent. Same sex couples are included in cohabiting couples. Pensioners can be found in all the household composition types, but when the household is solely made up of pensioners, they occupy the pensioner household category. All households are included in this table.
|All Households||One Person||Pensioner Households||Married couple households||Cohabiting couple family households||Lone Parent Households||Other House-holds|
|Basingstoke and Deane||61,722||25.35||7.77||43.48||9.63||8.01||5.76|
|Hampshire (Including Portsmouth and Southampton)||672,642||27.72||9.66||39.32||8.49||8.29||6.51|
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The total numbers of households in Hampshire increased by 11.8 per cent between the two census years, from 449,500 households in 1991 to 502,700 households in 2001, more than double the percentage increase in population of 6 per cent.
Average household size in Hampshire declined from 2.55 in 1991 to 2.42 in 2001 compared to a decline from 2.47 to 2.36 in England. This decline is largely the result of changes in household composition, and it is these changes which have been the predominant influence in fuelling the demand for additional dwellings, locally and nationally.
Within Hampshire, average household size in 2001 ranged from 2.51 in Hart and Rushmoor to 2.31 in the New Forest. Between 1991 and 2001, average household size declined in Hart by 7.7 per cent, compared with a 5.1 per cent decline in Hampshire overall and a 4.5 per cent decline in England.
The largest increase in any household composition was one person households, which increased by 30,090 or 30.4 per cent. This increase was the principle reason for the decline in average household size.
The number of married couple households in Hampshire fell by around 11,750 (4.2 per cent) between 1991 and 2001. However, this decline was more than counterbalanced by an increase in cohabiting couple households of about 15,300, an increase of over 50 per cent in this household type since 1991.
Lone parent households in Hampshire increased by over 8,000 or 27.7 per cent. Virtually the whole of this increase was in lone parent households with dependent children (i.e. children aged 0 to 15 years and those aged 16 to 18 in full time education living with a parent). Lone parent households with dependent children increased from 56 per cent of all lone parent households in 1991 to 65 per cent in 2001.
Other non-family households (i.e. two or more unrelated people living together other than as a cohabiting couple) increased by 11,200 to a total of almost 27,000 households in 2001. This is a very varied group which includes persons living with others from preference and those doing so because of economic necessity.
Portsmouth and Southampton
There were increases of 12.4 per cent and 8.4 per cent in the number of households in Portsmouth and Southampton between the two censuses, resulting in 78,719 households in Portsmouth and 91,217 households in Southampton in 2001.
Married couple households formed the majority of households in both cities, with 30.2 per cent of households in Portsmouth and 28.6 per cent in Southampton occupied by this composition.
10 per cent of households in both Portsmouth and Southampton were occupied by lone parents in 2001. This figure was much higher than those seen in any of Hampshire’s districts.
The percentage of households occupied by students was also much higher in the cities, with 1.6 per cent in Portsmouth and 2.6 per cent in Southampton.