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Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County
Survey name(s): Census
Of the 23.4 million households in England and Wales in March 2011, over a million households (1.1 million) were considered to be overcrowded, having fewer bedrooms than the notional number recommended by the bedroom standard.
Overcrowding was most common among rented households, with similar proportions of socially rented (8.7%) and privately rented (8.6%) households in overcrowded homes, almost four times the proportion (2.3%) among owner occupied households.
There were 16.1 million households with at least one spare bedroom, of which 8.1 million had one spare bedroom and a further 8.1 million had two or more spare bedrooms.
More than 8 in 10 (82.7%) owner occupied households had at least one spare bedroom, compared with 49.5% among privately rented households and 39.4% among socially rented households.
Over half (51.9%) of socially rented households had the notional number of bedrooms for the size of the household and composition of people living there (zero occupancy rating). This was the highest across the tenure categories.
Excluding London, at least 7 in 10 households across all English regions and Wales had one or more spare bedrooms.
In London more than 1 in 10 households (11.3%) were overcrowded, and about 4 in 10 households (39.3%) had the recommended number of bedrooms (zero occupancy rating), the highest across all the regions and Wales.
The top five local authorities with the highest percentage of their households overcrowded were all in London; Newham had the highest with a quarter (25.2%) of its households overcrowded.
Of the five local authorities with the lowest proportions of overcrowded households, four can be found in the East Midlands, with the lowest proportion (1.1%) in North Kesteven.
Of the 1.1 million overcrowded households in England and Wales in March 2011, over two thirds (724,000) were households with dependent children, while the remaining 32% (338,000) were without dependent children.