Size of English households to drop by 2039 according to National Statistics

Thursday 14 July 2016

On 12 July the Department for Communities and Local Government released statistics on the projected number of households in England up to 2039. The report describes the household projections, methodology and highlights where changes have been made for 2014-based projections.

Some of the key statistics include:
• The number of households in England is projected to grow to 28.0 million from 22.7 million by 2039. This is an increase of 5.3 million (23%) from 2014.

• Average household size is projected to fall from 2.35 in 2014 to 2.21 in 2039.

• One person households are projected to increase by 68,000 per year. This is 33% of the total increase in households up to 2039.

• Households headed by someone aged 65 or over are projected to increase by 155,000 per year, about three quarters (74%) of total household growth up to 2039.

• Households headed by someone aged 25 to 34 are projected to decrease by 9,000 per year up to 2039.

A household is that as defined in the 2011 Census, which 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 figures are based upon the 2014-based sub-national population projections, published by the Office for National Statistics in May 2016.

The full report can be read here