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Family dwellings. By type

Family dwellings. By type Catalonia. Value
Main family dwellings Secondary Vacant Others Total
2011 2,944,944 470,081 448,356 .. 3,863,381
2001 2,315,856 514,943 452,921 30,435 3,314,155
1991 1,931,172 472,337 317,874 .. 2,721,383
1981 1,756,195 332,160 364,514 .. 2,452,869
1970 1,312,216 148,674 151,491 16,301 1,628,682
1960 923,942 40,552 .. .. 964,494
1950 .. .. .. .. 769,270
Units: Number.
Source: Idescat, based on the Census of Buildings INE's.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.
Family dwellings. By type Spain. Value
Main family dwellings Secondary Vacant Others Total
2011 18,083,692 3,681,565 3,443,365 .. 25,208,623
2001 14,187,169 3,360,631 3,106,422 292,332 20,946,554
1991 1,136,376 2,961,917 2,508,070 .. 17,206,363
1981 10,431,327 1,898,602 2,396,205 .. 14,726,134
1970 8,504,332 795,745 1,137,428 272,119 10,709,624
1960 7,028,651 331,044 49,343 .. 7,409,038
1950 .. .. .. .. 6,287,490
Units: Number.
Source: INE.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Date published: December 19, 2013.

Statistics CENSPH

Methodological note

In the 2011 Census, dwellings were classified as follows:

  • Family dwellings
    • Main dwellings
      • Conventional main dwellings
      • Accommodations
    • Non main dwellings
      • Secondary dwellings and other kind of non main dwellings (for example, dwellings designated for successive short-term rentals)
      • Empty dwellings
  • Collective dwellings

A structurally separate and independent enclosure that, due to the manner in which it was built, rebuilt, transformed or adapted, is intended to be inhabited by people or, even if it was not, constitutes the normal residence of someone at the time the census was taken. By way of exception, enclosures which at the time of the census are being utilized for other purposes (such as those strictly being used as locales) are not considered dwellings, despite having been initially intended for use for human inhabitation.

Family dwelling

A dwelling intended for the inhabitation of one or various persons, not necessarily related to one another, which does not constitute a group.

Main dwelling

A family dwelling used by its occupants as their habitual residence. Main homes may be conventional (found in buildings) or a type of lodging.


A family dwelling that happens to be mobile, semi-permanent or makeshift, or has not been initially intended for residential purposes but nevertheless constitutes the residence of one or various persons at the time of the census. Lodging are not located in buildings, so they do not form part of the property.

Secondary dwelling

A dwelling only intended to be occasionally occupied (for example, on holidays or week-ends) or used continuously and non-seasonally but does not constitute a person's habitual residence (for example, successive short-term rentals).

Empty dwelling

A dwelling that is unoccupied, available for sale or rent, or even abandoned.

Collective dwelling

A dwelling intended for the inhabitation of a group, that is, for a group of people subject to an authority or common regime not based on family ties or communal living, such as senior homes or residences, barracks, convents, institutions for the disabled, prisons, etc. Group homes can partially occupy a building, or more frequently, its entirety.