Time spent living in current home
Last updated 8 August 2023 - see all updates
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
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
This data measures the average (mean) length of time, in years and months, that people in England have lived in their current home.
The information relates to households. A household is one person or a group of people (not necessarily related) who have the accommodation as their only or main residence. If it is a group, they must share cooking facilities and also share a living room, sitting room or dining area.
Some households contain people from different ethnic backgrounds. In these circumstances, the ethnic background of the ‘household reference person’ (usually the person in whose name the home is owned) is used to define the ethnic background of the household.
Not included in the data
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 ethnic groups used in the data
Data is shown for the 18 ethnic groups used in the 2011 Census.
The English Housing Survey involves face-to-face interviews with a random sample of about 13,300 households a year. To ensure that there is a large enough number of ethnic minority households to produce reliable findings, the data is drawn from the English Housing Survey (EHS) for 2 years combined: 2015/16 and 2016/17.
You can read the guidance and methodology document. Percentages shown in the charts and tables are rounded to the nearest whole number.
In the data file
Download the data to see figures by:
owning or renting
Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place. Figures for the numerator and denominator are weighted and rounded to the nearest whole number
3. 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|
Summary of Time spent living in current home By ethnicity Summary
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
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.
5. Download the data
This file contains: time, time type, NS-SEC (socio-economic group), income band (GBP), region, tenure, value, sample size