- One person households - 33.1%
- Couples/family households - 54.4%
- Couple + other adults/multi-adult households - 12.5%
This decline was reflected in large scale shifts in the mix of household types. In particular, there were far more couples + other adults households and multi -adult households. 12.5 % is a lot of households! It means approx. 1 in 8 households are multiple occupancy households (where adults are mostly unrelated) This shift is due to a number of things happening locally.
- Increased international inward migration, which has changed the traditional household structure. There is a culture of migrants from EU countries like Poland, Latvia and so on where adults happily share houses in order to save money.
- Increases in adult children and their partners living at home. Little surprise here as the young generation of local people are finding it virtually impossible to get on the housing ladder in the same numbers as their parents did in the 80's and 90's.
- Growth in the student population. Enough said.
We suspect that the trend will continue since there appears to be no slow down in international in-migration. There is no abatement in house price increases; consequently unless we all win on the lottery our kids will still find it difficult to get on the property ladder. Instead they will stay at home or live communally with friends in ever greater numbers. Finally student numbers are only going one way!
All the statistics are from Office of National Stats specifically relating to Cornwall. Also reference from Town & Country Planning Tomorrow Series Paper 16 new estimates of housing demand and need in England, 2011 to 2031 by A. Holmans