Household composition

Mnemonic reference (code): HHCHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: Household composition classifies households according to the relationships between the household members. Households consisting of one family and no other usual residents are classified according to the type of family (married, same-sex civil partnership or cohabiting couple family, or lone parent family) and the number of dependent children. Other households are classified by the number of people, the number of dependent children, or whether the household consists only of students or only of people aged 65 and over.

This definition is used in most results from the 2011 Census. In a small number of results an alternative classification is used that defines households by the age of the household members. It takes no account of the relationships between them. In results where this different definition is used it is clearly indicated.

Applicability: Household

Classification:

Code

Name

01

One person, Aged 65 and over

02

One person, Other

03

One family and no others, All aged 65 and over

04

Married couple family, No children

05

Married couple family, With one dependent child

06

Married couple family, With two or more dependent children

07

Married couple family, All children non dependent

08

Same-sex civil partnership couple family, No children

09

Same-sex civil partnership couple family, With one dependent child

10

Same-sex civil partnership couple family, With two or more dependent children

11

Same-sex civil partnership couple family, All children non dependent

12

Cohabiting couple family, No children

13

Cohabiting couple family, With one dependent child

14

Cohabiting couple family, With two or more dependent children

15

Cohabiting couple family, All children non dependent

16

Lone parent family With male head, With one dependent child

17

Lone parent family With male head, With two or more dependent children

18

Lone parent family With male head, All children non dependent

19

Lone parent family With female head, With one dependent child

20

Lone parent family With female head, With two or more dependent children

21

Lone parent family With female head, All children non dependent

22

Other household types, With one dependent child

23

Other household types, With two or more dependent children

24

Other household types, All in full-time education

25

Other household types, All aged 65 and over

26

Other

XX

No code required

Total number of categories: 27

Not applicable category (XX) comprises: Household spaces with no usual residents.

Source variables HHCHUK11 is derived from:

DPCHUK11 (Derived variable)

FAMSER (Derived variable)

FT1 (Derived variable)

FT2 (Derived variable)

GENINFAM (Derived variable)

PENPUK11 (Derived variable)

SIZHUK11 (Derived variable)

STUDENT (Primary variable)

TERMIND (Primary variable)

Scotland 2001 comparison:

In order to allow comparisons to be made between 2001 and 2011 in the release 2C statistical bulletin, the statistics for 2001 were recalculated based on the 2011 definition of pensionable age (65 years old and over).  The recalculated 2001 data are available as table A2 from the release 2C section of the downloadable files page.

Known quality issues

This variable relies on relationship data, which include some known quality issues.  These are summarised on the Data Quality Issues Page.

Users should be aware that the numbers in different tables for similar categories of family type and household composition may differ depending on the base population of the table. For example, Table DC1118SC looks at all families in households and shows there are 291,081 lone parent families. Table DC1119SC looks at all households and shows there are 263,360 households comprising a lone parent family only, i.e. households with no non-family members present or which include more than two generations. In other words there are 27,721 lone parent families who were living in households where there were non-family members and/or more than two generations present, for example a grandmother living with her daughter (a lone parent) and her daughter’s children.

Tables:

To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.