Mnemonic: second_address_type_priority
Applicability: Person
Type: Derived variable


Indicates whether a person has an alternative address (somewhere they stay for more than 30 days per year) and the type of second address this is.


Total number of categories: 10

Code Name
1 Armed forces base address
2 Another address when working away from home
3 Holiday home
4 Student's term-time address
5 Student's home address
6 Another parent or guardian's address
7 Partner's address
8 Other
9 Second address type not specified
-8 Does not apply*

*Students and schoolchildren living away during term-time, and people who do not have a second address.

View all second address type classifications.

Quality information

The true number of people recording a second address as “armed forces base address” is likely to be higher than the estimate because of instructions given to armed forces personnel. Be aware of this when using these data.

Read more in our housing quality information for Census 2021 methodology.


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

Comparability with the 2011 Census

Broadly comparable

We have added two categories, “Partner’s address” and “Second address type not specified”.

What does broadly comparable mean?

A variable that is broadly comparable means that it can be generally compared with the same variable used in the 2011 Census. However, changes may have been made to the question or options that people could choose from or how write-in answers are classified.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland comparisons

Not comparable

This variable is not comparable as the data is not available for all countries.

What does not comparable mean?

A variable that is not comparable means that it cannot be compared for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about variables produced for Census 2021 in Northern Ireland and Census 2022 in Scotland.

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