Time spent living in current home
1. Main facts and figures
- in 2015 to 2017, 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 all other ethnic groups combined
The ethnic categories used in this data
For comparisons made at national level, this data uses the following 18 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, area and type of occupancy, the following 2 ethnic categories 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 surveyed becomes too small to be reliable when broken down by both ethnicity and another factor like socio-economic group or income. Data is therefore grouped to a size where estimates become reliable.
2. By ethnicity
|Ethnicity||Time in current home|
|Bangladeshi||9 years 1 month|
|Chinese||5 years 3 months|
|Indian||11 years 3 months|
|Asian other||7 years 6 months|
|Black African||6 years 11 months|
|Black Caribbean||14 years 7 months|
|Black other||8 years 5 months|
|Mixed White/Asian||9 years 2 months|
|Mixed White/Black African||6 years 11 months|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||8 years 11 months|
|Mixed other||8 years 6 months|
|White British||15 years 1 month|
|White Irish||15 years 5 months|
|White Gypsy/Traveller||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable|
|White other||5 years 4 months|
|Arab||5 years 10 months|
|Any other||6 years 11 months|
3. 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||15 years 11 months||16 years 0 months|
|Other than White British||7 years 5 months||9 years 6 months||8 years 5 months|
4. By ethnicity and income
|Weekly income||White British||Other than White British|
|Up to £99||9 years 5 months||6 years 5 months|
|£100 to £199||17 years 5 months||10 years|
|£200 to £299||18 years 11 months||9 years 11 months|
|£300 to £399||17 years 1 month||8 years 11 months|
|£400 to £499||16 years||8 years 6 months|
|£500 to £599||15 years 5 months||7 years 6 months|
|£600 to £699||15 years 4 months||8 years|
|£700 to £799||14 years 3 months||7 years 8 months|
|£800 to £899||13 years 8 months||7 years 9 months|
|£900 to £999||13 years 1 month||8 years 8 months|
|£1000 and above||12 years 4 months||7 years 10 months|
5. By ethnicity and area
|Region||White British||Other than White British|
|North East||15 years 10 months||8 years 11 months|
|North West||15 years 8 months||8 years 8 months|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||14 years 10 months||8 years 10 months|
|East Midlands||14 years 7 months||8 years|
|West Midlands||16 years 9 months||9 years 5 months|
|East||15 years||7 years 9 months|
|London||15 years 10 months||8 years 8 months|
|South East||14 years||7 years 4 months|
|South West||14 years 2 months||6 years 1 month|
6. By ethnicity and type of occupancy (renting or owning)
|Ethnicity||Owner occupiers||Social rented housing||Private rented housing|
|White British||18 years 2 months||12 years 2 months||4 years 9 months|
|Other than White British||13 years 7 months||8 years 9 months||2 years 10 months|
The English Housing Survey involves face-to-face interviews with a random sample of about 13,300 households a year.
The dwellings of about 6,000 of the interviewed households are randomly selected to take part in the physical survey element carried out by a qualified surveyor. In addition, a random sample of around 200 of the dwellings identified by the interviewer as vacant are also included in the physical survey element.
Weights are applied to the sample to produce estimates for the 23 million households in England as a whole.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Estimates based on fewer 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 using 2 broad ethnic groups 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.
Percentages shown in the charts and tables are rounded to the nearest whole number. Download the data to see figures rounded to 1 decimal place.
Figures for the numerator and denominator are weighted and rounded to the nearest whole number in the download files. Therefore, calculations of the percentages using these values may differ to the percentage figures shown on this page, which have been calculated using unrounded figures.
English Housing Survey information and publications.
8. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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: time, time type, NS-SEC (socio-economic group), income band, region, tenure, value, sample size