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Release: 2011 Census Analysis, What does the 2011 Census tell us about concealed families living in multi-family households in England and Wales?

Released: 06 February 2014


Chris W Smith

Census Analysis Unit, Population Statistics Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444683

Categories: Population, People and Places, Housing and Households, Households, Families, Families, Children and Young People, Families with Children, Family Composition

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country, Local Authority, Region

Survey name(s): Census

2011 Census statistics provide a rich source of information about the number, distribution and characteristics of the population in England and Wales. 2011 Census Analysis products present specific analyses on a variety of topics, including ethnicity, families, health, labour market, language, migration, and national identity, and religion. In particular, many of the analyses focus on geographical variations, changes over time, and how the census differs to other data sources.

This analysis presents a summary of concealed families in England and Wales using 2011 Census data. A concealed family is one living in a multi-family household in addition to the primary family, such as a young couple living with parents. Each family is assigned a Family Reference Person (FRP). Where there is more than one FRP in the household, the Household Reference Person (HRP) is chosen from the FRPs based on economic activity and then age, and finally order on the census form. The HRP is normally therefore the oldest full-time worker in most households and identifies the primary family in the household. Analyses of concealed family types and change over time are reported at the national, regional and local levels.

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