The Government census for 2001 has revealed London properties are the most overcrowded in the UK. Overcrowding is defined by the number of rooms compared with the number of occupants.
The census found that while the average number of people living in a household in England and Wales is down from 2.51 in 1991 to 2.36 in 2001, 17% of households in London are classed as overcrowded. This rose to 34% in the City of London, but dropped to 4% in Wales and 2% in Broadland and North Kesteven. The variation in household size was equally dramatic, ranging from 1.58 in the City of London to 2.64 in Newham.