The statistics for England and Wales cover those who have a second address in a different local authority area to the one in which they usually live.
The figures are grouped under three headings; ‘Working’ (an address used when working away from home or armed forces base address for military personnel who usually reside with their family), ‘Holiday’ (a holiday address) or ‘Other’ (including students’ home addresses and other parent or guardian’s addresses for children of separated parents).
1,216,000 people had a second address in England or Wales classed as ‘Other’ (77 per cent of people with a second address).
189,000 people had a second address in England or Wales classed as ‘Working’ (11 per cent of people with a second address).
165,000 people had a second address in England or Wales classed as ‘Holiday’ (12 per cent of people with a second address).
Eighteen out of the top twenty local authorities (ranked as a rate per thousand of the usually resident population) where people reported that they had a second address of any type were in less densely populated, rural or coastal areas.
The other two areas in the top twenty were the City of London, (at the top of the list with 185 per thousand) and Westminster (twentieth on the list with 61 per thousand). These two local authorities, together with Richmondshire, had a higher proportion of work addresses than other local authorities.
Richmondshire’s work-related second addresses were mainly due to the number of military personnel based there.
In Wales, Gwynedd was the local authority with the highest rate of people who did not usually live there but recorded a second address of any type (99 per thousand of the usually resident population). Other Wales local authorities in the top 20 of second addresses of any type are Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
Gwynedd was also the local authority across all of England and Wales where the greatest rate of people, by the same measure, recorded a second address used for holidays (64 per thousand).
Looking at local authorities with the highest number of people (rather than the highest rate) who usually live elsewhere and who have a second address in that local authority, the top five would be Cornwall (23,000), Wiltshire (21,000), Birmingham (18,000), Leeds (15,000) and Westminster (13,000). Of these five, Westminster is the smallest and the only one also in the
list of local authorities with the highest rate per thousand of people with second addresses, while the other four are among the largest local authorities in England and Wales.
These data cannot be used as a proxy for an estimate of the number of second homes as more than one person can record the same second address. For example, these addresses could include dwellings that are second homes to more than one person (e.g. a family of four who all record the same holiday address), but also communal establishments such as armed forces bases and rented rooms in properties occupied by usual residents.
Guy Goodwin, Census Director, said “This is the first time that the census has collected information about the number of people who have second addresses.
These statistics should be of particular interest to local authorities as they will provide information about people who do not live in the area full time, but who spend time there.
It is an example of the richness of data that the census produces and provides vital information about patterns ofcontemporary life. This picture will become even richer as further statistics are published.”
Lisa Green, director of County Homesearch Cheshire, comments:
“The holiday home market in Gwynedd continues to outperform the rest of the property market here with house prices up 2.1% in August*. Locations such as Abersoch and Snowdonia continue to capture British holiday makers, especially from Cheshire and Manchester, as they offer the best of sea and mountains and buyers can get a lot more for their money compared to the Lake District. A three bedroom detached character cottage in Snowdonia can cost approximately £350,000, something which would cost 30% higher in the Lakes.
“The wedding of William and Kate has also brought attention to Gwynedd after the couple chose to holiday in Angelesey. Since then, the increase in holiday makers has been noticeable with many looking for a property as a second home, to follow the Royal couple’s taste in holiday destinations.”
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