Overcrowding by region

Key points

  • The proportion of households in London living in overcrowded accommodation is far higher than in other English regions.
  • There is overcrowding in Inner and Outer London across all types of tenures – social housing, owner occupation and private rental.

The proportion of households living in overcrowded conditions (Shares of occupancy rating of -1 or less by type of tenure).

What does this graph show?

According to the 2001 Census the proportion of households in London living in overcrowded accommodation was far higher than in other English regions.

Almost 25% of households in Inner London were classed as overcrowded, as were 13% of households in Outer London. In all other regions, this figure was about 5%.

Every type of tenure – owner occupiers, social renters and private renters – contributes to the much higher rates of overcrowding in Inner and Outer London. In Inner London, the single biggest contribution comes from the social rented sector which accounts for about half of all overcrowded households.

Find out how overcrowding differs by borough.

Data used

2001 Census

Indicator last updated: 9 September 2010

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