These simple graphs compare Oxfordshire with national trends:
The first census to report on how well people were housed was that of 1891, but the only
statistics gathered were on the number of rooms and the number of people in each household.
Note that in 1931 and 1951 the least crowded category reported on by the Scottish census
was "Under 2 persons per room", while from 1971 onwards the most crowded category
reported on anywhere was "Over 1.5 persons per room, so it is not possible to
present exactly the same measure for all years and areas.
From 1951 onwards, more questions were asked about 'amenities', meaning specific facilities
that households either possessed or had shared access to,
and from 1961 data were gathered on tenure: whether households owned or rented their homes.
One interesting measure of progress is the change in the amenities covered by the census. In 1951, these were piped water, a cooking stove, a kitchen sink, a 'water closet' meaning a flush toilet, and a 'fixed bath', as distinct from a tin bath hung on the wall between uses. By 2011, the only "amenity" recorded was central heating, so direct comparisons over the whole period from 1951 to 2011 are impossible, other than looking at what proportion of all households had "all amenities", i.e. all of whatever amenities were listed for each census. Our density data are counts of persons in households, while our amenity data are counts of households.
We hold these detailed statistics for Oxfordshire, which we graph and tabulate here:
|Available datasets||Period covered||Variables
(number of categories)
|House Occupancy||1841 to 1901||
|House Occupancy 10 years earlier||1881 to 1901||
|Total Households||1901 to 1911||
|Total Houses||1841 to 1901||
Read more about how we hold statistics here.