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Notes and Definitions

Notes and Definitions


  1. Individual figures in the tables have been rounded to the nearest 10. The totals shown may therefore not be equal to the sum of the constituent parts.
  2. Only the selected projection years have been shown due to the limited printing space available. Projected household information for other years is available on request.


  1. Private household population refers to the population excluding those who live in communal establishments, such as defence establishments, educational establishments, nursing homes, etc.
  2. Where children are included in a household type, although they mainly consist of children aged 1-15, they may also include a number of 16-18 year olds classified as dependent children in the Census (mainly people still at school).
  3. Average household size, (the average number of persons in private households) is calculated by dividing the private household population by the number of households.

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