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Our homes:
More than a quarter of homes in the UK are owned outright by their occupiers, while almost another four in 10 are owned with the help of a mortgage or loan.

Almost a quarter - 22.5% - qualify as social housing, while 8% are privately rented.

THE KEY FACTS
Household numbers falling
30% homes with two cars
1.5m households overcrowded
1% London homes without toilet

By far the highest proportion of social housing exists in Scotland, where more than a quarter of all homes are owned by either a council or housing association.

The most popular type of home in the UK is semi-detached (more than 27% of all homes), closely followed by detached then terraced.

Just over a fifth of all homes are flats or bedsits - but this figure varies dramatically between the nations.

In Scotland, a third of all homes are in purpose built blocks of flats or tenements, compared with just over 7% of all homes in Northern Ireland.

As would be expected, some of the UK's large cities have the highest proportion of flats and bedsits - 70% in Glasgow, 69% in inner London and 60% in Edinburgh.

Northern Ireland has the largest number of detached homes and bungalows - more than a third fall into this category.

Facts about our homes
AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE
ENGLAND 2.36
SCOTLAND 2.27
WALES 2.36
N IRELAND 2.65
AVERAGE NUMBER OF ROOMS
ENGLAND 5.33
SCOTLAND 4.75
WALES 5.59
N IRELAND 5.71
% WITH CENTRAL HEATING
ENGLAND 91.15
SCOTLAND 92.66
WALES 92.26
N IRELAND 94.67

Source: Census 2001

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