2011 Census Second Address Estimates for Local Authorities

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have just released a further dataset from the 2011 Census relating to second addresses in local authorities in England and Wales.  At local authority level it is possible to identify:

  • The number of people who live in Warwickshire but have a second address elsewhere
  • The number of people who have a second address in Warwickshire but whose usual residence is elsewhere.

The estimates are classified by sex, broad age group and type of second address (work, holiday or ‘other’).

Key Findings in Warwickshire

  • Some 14,767 of usual residents in Warwickshire reported having a second address elsewhere in England and Wales for work, holiday or ‘other’ purposes.
  • The highest numbers of people recording a second address were in Warwick District where around 6800 people or nearly 5% of residents recorded a second address.
  • The lowest number of recorded second address is in North Warwickshire although the lowest proportion of residents recording a second address is in Nuneaton and Bedworth.
  • In line with national trends, a substantial proportion of those with a second address recorded that it was for purposes other than work or holiday, such as the home address of students.  This is reflected in the particularly high number of those recording a second address in Warwick District.
  • 16,615 people recorded a second address in Warwickshire for work, holiday or ‘other’ purposes while their usual residence was elsewhere in England and Wales.
  • Again, the majority of people recording a second address in Warwickshire do so for purposes other than work or holidays for example students at another address during term time but whose ‘home’ is in Warwickshire.

ONS emphasise that the release of second address data does not equate to the number of second homes in a local authority as more than one person can record the same second address.  The majority of second addresses are likely to relate to movements of students at universities or boarding schools, armed forces personnel and children of separated parents recording two addresses.

The full second address dataset can viewed here. ONS have also produced an interactive mapping tool to view the data.

Further data releases from the 2011 Census are expected later this year which will add more detail to the picture of the population of Warwickshire.

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