Time spent living in current home
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1. Main facts and figures
over the period studied, White British households had lived in their current home for 15 years on average – this was longer than for almost all other ethnic groups
in the same period, across all socio-economic groups, income bands, regions in England and types of occupancy, White British households had lived in their current home for longer than any other ethnic group
The ethnic categories used in this data
For comparisons made at national level, this data uses the standardised ethnic groups based on the 2011 Census.
- English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British
- Gypsy, Traveller or Irish Traveller
- Any other White background
Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups:
- White and Black Caribbean
- White and Black African
- White and Asian
- Any other Mixed/Multiple ethnic background
- Any other Asian background
- Any other Black/African/Caribbean background
Other ethnic group:
- Any other ethnic group
For data analysed both by ethnicity and by socio-economic group, income, region and type of occupancy, the following 2 ethnic groups have been used:
- White British
- Other – all other ethnic groups (including White ethnic minorities and all other ethnic minorities)
This is because the number of people that were surveyed to generate estimates for the population as a whole becomes too small to be reliable when broken down both by ethnicity (in either detailed or broad categories) and by another factor like socio-economic group or income.
Data is therefore grouped to a size where estimates become reliable. In this case, information broken down by ethnicity and another factor compares White British with Other.
2. Time spent living in current home by ethnicity
|Ethnicity||Time in current home|
|Bangladeshi||9 years 1 months|
|Chinese||6 years 0 months|
|Indian||11 years 1 months|
|Pakistani||10 years 8 months|
|Asian other||8 years 1 months|
|Black African||6 years 5 months|
|Black Caribbean||14 years 4 months|
|Black other||8 years 10 months|
|Mixed White/Asian||9 years 8 months|
|Mixed White/Black African||6 years 2 months|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||8 years 2 months|
|Mixed other||6 years 2 months|
|White British||15 years 1 months|
|White Irish||15 years 10 months|
|White Gypsy/Traveller||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable|
|White other||5 years 9 months|
|Arab||5 years 9 months|
|Any other||7 years 1 months|
Summary of Time spent living in current home Time spent living in current home by ethnicity Summary
3. Time spent living in current home by ethnicity and socio-economic group
|Ethnicity||Higher managerial, administrative and professional occupations||Intermediate occupations||Routine and manual occupations|
|White British||13 years 6 months||16 years 0 months||16 years 2 months|
|All other ethnic groups||7 years 9 months||9 years 4 months||9 years 0 months|
Summary of Time spent living in current home Time spent living in current home by ethnicity and socio-economic group Summary
4. Time spent living in current home by ethnicity and income
|Weekly income||White British||All other ethnic groups|
|Up to £99||8 years 2 months||4 years 11 months|
|£100 to £199||16 years 1 months||9 years 2 months|
|£200 to £299||19 years 3 months||10 years 6 months|
|£300 to £399||17 years 4 months||8 years 5 months|
|£400 to £499||16 years 7 months||9 years 3 months|
|£500 to £599||15 years 2 months||7 years 6 months|
|£600 to £699||15 years 2 months||8 years 5 months|
|£700 to £799||14 years 3 months||7 years 9 months|
|£800 to £899||13 years 4 months||8 years 0 months|
|£900 to £999||13 years 7 months||8 years 1 months|
|£1000 and above||12 years 1 months||8 years 7 months|
Summary of Time spent living in current home Time spent living in current home by ethnicity and income Summary
5. Time spent living in current home by ethnicity and area
|Region||White British||All other ethnic groups|
|North East||15 years 6 months||7 years 5 months|
|North West||15 years 8 months||9 years 3 months|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||14 years 9 months||8 years 6 months|
|East Midlands||14 years 10 months||8 years 7 months|
|West Midlands||16 years 11 months||9 years 8 months|
|East||15 years 2 months||7 years 4 months|
|London||15 years 3 months||9 years 2 months|
|South East||14 years 0 months||7 years 3 months|
|South West||14 years 4 months||6 years 4 months|
Summary of Time spent living in current home Time spent living in current home by ethnicity and area Summary
6. Time spent living in current home by ethnicity and type of occupancy
|Ethnicity||Owner occupiers||Social rented housing||Private rented housing|
|White British||18 years and 2 months||12 years and 2 months||4 years and 10 months|
|All other ethnic groups||13 years and 8 months||8 years and 10 months||2 years and 8 months|
Summary of Time spent living in current home Time spent living in current home by ethnicity and type of occupancy Summary
The EHS consists of:
- face-to-face interviews with a random sample of about 13,300 households a year
- a physical inspection of the homes of about 6,000 of the interviewed households – these are selected at random and carried out by a surveyor
The surveyor also inspects a random sample of about 200 properties identified by the interviewer as vacant.
Weighting is used to adjust the results of a survey to make them representative of the population.
For example, a survey which contains 25% females and 75% males will not accurately reflect the views of the general population, which we know is around 50% male and 50% female.
Statisticians rebalance or ‘weight’ the survey results to more accurately represent the general population. This helps to make them more reliable.
Survey weights are usually applied to make sure the survey sample has broadly the same gender, age, ethnic and geographic make up as the general population.
In the EHS, weighting makes the results more representative of the 22.6 million households in England.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Estimates based on less than 30 households have not been included in these statistics, because small numbers of households make it impossible to draw meaningful conclusions. The analysis has been done by binary classification only where broken down by socio-economic group, income, region or age. This prevents small numbers appearing in the table and avoids the potential for identification of individuals.
More detailed data, including some potentially disclosive data, is protected by a range of disclosure controls. See the guidance on English Housing Survey: datasets for information accessing this data.
Estimates in the charts are rounded to the nearest year. Estimates in the tables are given to the nearest year and month.
8. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Note on corrections or updates
Information published in the EHS headline report and other annual reports is usually based on a 12-month period, rather than the 2 years’ combined data used here. As a result, the statistics shown here may not match those in the EHS reports.
Purpose of data source
The English Housing Survey is a continuous national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It collects information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England.
9. Download the data
This file contains: ethnicity, period, NS-SEC, income band, region, tenure, standard deviation, sample size