This section provides information on two aspects of housing.  The first section deals with actual properties, both occupied and vacant, with data on number, house prices/sales and council tax band numbers.

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The second section is derived from the 2011 Census and details ‘households’.  A household is defined as 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.  A household must contain at least one person whose place of usual residence is at the address.  A group of short-term residents living together is not classified as a household, and neither is a group of people at an address where only visitors are staying.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) provides household projections every two years (2014 latest).  These projections suggest that by 2024 there will be 241,236 households in the county, an increase of 7.5% from 2011, rising to 255,612 by 2039, an increase of 14.3% from 2011.