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Housing Stock

In 2016 there were 151,620 domestic properties across the district. The proportion of people owning their own home (outright or with a mortgage) is around the England average but renting from social landlords is a more common than nationally, with private renting less common.

% owned outright or with a mortgage % rented from a social landlord (e.g. WDH) % rented from a private or other landlord
% change % change % change
Wakefield 64 -1% 24 -4% 11 +4%
England 64 -4% 18 -1% 17 +5%

The proportion of households that own their own home (64%) has changed little over the last 10 years. The latest census, however, shows a large increase in the proportion of households that rent privately, with the rate in Wakefield up from 7% in 2001 to 11% in 2011. This equates to an additional 6,900 households that rent privately across the district. The scale of the increase is similar across England as a whole. There is a broad spectrum of house types and house sizes across the district but Council Tax records show the majority of properties (70%) are in the lower-value bands A and B, compared to 64% and 44% for the region and England respectively.