Mnemonic: occupancy_rating_bedrooms
Applicability: Household
Type: Derived variable

Definition

Whether a household's accommodation is overcrowded, ideally occupied or under-occupied. This is calculated by comparing the number of bedrooms the household requires to the number of available bedrooms.

The number of bedrooms the household requires is calculated according to the Bedroom Standard, where the following should have their own bedroom:

  1. married or cohabiting couple
  2. single parent
  3. person aged 16 years and over
  4. pair of same-sex persons aged 10 to 15 years
  5. person aged 10 to 15 years paired with a person under 10 years of the same sex
  6. pair of children aged under 10 years, regardless of their sex
  7. person aged under 16 years who cannot share a bedroom with someone in 4, 5 or 6 above

An occupancy rating of:

  • -1 or less implies that a household’s accommodation has fewer bedrooms than required (overcrowded)
  • +1 or more implies that a household’s accommodation has more bedrooms than required (under-occupied)
  • 0 suggests that a household’s accommodation has an ideal number of bedrooms

Classification

Total number of categories: 6

Code Name
1 Occupancy rating of bedrooms: +2 or more
2 Occupancy rating of bedrooms: +1
3 Occupancy rating of bedrooms: 0
4 Occupancy rating of bedrooms: -1
5 Occupancy rating of bedrooms: -2 or less
-8 Does not apply

Background

Read about how we developed and tested the questions for Census 2021.

Comparability with the 2011 Census

Highly comparable

What does highly comparable mean?

A variable that is highly comparable means that it can be directly compared with the variable from the 2011 Census. The questions and options that people could choose from may be slightly different, for example the order of the options may be swapped around, but the data collected is the same.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland comparisons

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