Household type (alternative)

Mnemonic (reference code): AHTHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: Household type classifies households in an alternative way to the household composition classification that is used in most standard census results.

A household is classified by the type of family present, but households with more than one family are categorised in the priority order:

• married couple family,

• same-sex civil partnership couple family,

Household size

Mnemonic (reference code): SIZHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: The size of a household is equal to the number of usual residents in the household. Visitors staying at an address do not contribute to that household’s size because they are counted in the household of their place of usual residence.

Applicability: Household spaces with no usual residents


Household reference person

Mnemonic reference (code): HRPPUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: The concept of a Household Reference Person (HRP) was introduced in the 2001 Census (in common with other government surveys in 2001/2) to replace the traditional concept of the 'head of the household'. HRPs provide an individual person within a household to act as a reference point for producing further derived statistics and for characterising a whole household according to characteristics of the chosen reference person.

Household lifestage

Mnemonic reference (code): HHLSHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: Household lifestage classifies households according to:

1. the age of the Household Reference Person (HRP), whether they are in a one or two person household, and

2. the presence of dependent children in the household, for households with two or more persons.

Applicability: Household


Household composition (alternative)

Mnemonic reference (code): AHCHUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: This derived variable describes households in an alternative way to the classification used in most of the standard tables (see Household composition HHCHUK11).

It defines households by the age of the people in them. It does not take into account the relationships between people in households. For the purposes of this classification, an ‘adult’ is defined as any person aged 16 or over and a ‘child’ is defined as any person aged under 16.

General health

Mnemonic (reference code): HEALTH

Type: Primary variable

Definition: General health is a self-assessment of a person's general state of health. People were asked to assess whether their health was very good, good, fair, bad or very bad. This assessment is not based on a person's health based over any specified period of time.

Applicability: Person



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