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Buildings. By destination. Counties and Aran, areas and provinces

Buildings with dwellings. By destination. Counties, areas and provinces 2011
Primarily to housing Other Total
Alt Camp 15,455 58 15,513
Alt Empordà 50,366 600 50,966
Alt Penedès 27,010 276 27,286
Alt Urgell 7,151 125 7,276
Alta Ribagorça 1,261 38 1,299
Anoia 31,571 297 31,868
Bages 39,740 698 40,438
Baix Camp 36,907 735 37,642
Baix Ebre 24,471 223 24,694
Baix Empordà 49,305 229 49,534
Baix Llobregat 91,059 1,471 92,530
Baix Penedès 34,227 657 34,884
Barcelonès 101,850 1,570 103,420
Berguedà 11,855 27 11,882
Cerdanya 9,298 199 9,497
Conca de Barberà 10,070 6 10,076
Garraf 28,565 542 29,107
Garrigues 9,580 35 9,615
Garrotxa 16,259 298 16,557
Gironès 29,144 206 29,350
Maresme 77,852 904 78,756
Montsià 21,557 423 21,980
Noguera 13,624 198 13,822
Osona 38,029 257 38,286
Pallars Jussà 5,531 111 5,642
Pallars Sobirà 3,411 23 3,434
Pla d'Urgell 10,404 73 10,477
Pla de l'Estany 8,328 74 8,402
Priorat 6,221 27 6,248
Ribera d'Ebre 9,307 26 9,333
Ripollès 8,524 19 8,543
Segarra 7,381 26 7,407
Segrià 32,376 625 33,001
Selva 44,869 339 45,208
Solsonès 4,409 28 4,437
Tarragonès 36,626 569 37,195
Terra Alta 6,127 68 6,195
Urgell 11,346 36 11,382
Val d'Aran 3,788 136 3,924
Vallès Occidental 124,680 2,443 127,123
Vallès Oriental 77,787 447 78,234
Catalonia 1,177,321 15,142 1,192,463
Metropolità 473,228 6,835 480,063
Comarques Gironines 206,795 1,765 208,560
Camp de Tarragona 105,279 1,395 106,674
Terres de l'Ebre 61,462 740 62,202
Ponent 84,711 993 85,704
Comarques Centrals 94,033 1,010 95,043
Alt Pirineu i Aran 30,440 632 31,072
Penedès 121,373 1,772 123,145
Barcelona 649,773 8,928 658,701
Girona 213,097 1,868 214,965
Lleida 113,483 1,554 115,037
Tarragona 200,968 2,792 203,760
Source: Idescat, based on the Census of Buildings INE's.
Note: Law 23/2010, of July 22, on the creation of the area of Penedès, divides Catalonia into eight territorial planning areas. This change implies that the data for the Metropolitan Area, Central Counties and Camp de Tarragona are not directly comparable with previous years.

Last update: December 19, 2013.


These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Building Census (CENSE).

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Semi-permanent, improvised or mobile facility, or one originally designed for a purpose other than housing that constitutes the habitual residence of one or more families at the moment of conducting a census.
Building (Building census 2011)
Permanent construction, apart and independent, to be used as housing or for rural, industrial, service provision purposes or, in general, to perform any activity (administrative, comercial, industrial, cultural).
Dwelling (Building census 2011)
Enclosure structurally apart and independent which was constructed, reconstructed, transformed or adapted for residential purposes or it is the usual residence of somebody at the moment when de census is made. Enclosures that at the moment when the census is made are used for purposes other than residential buildings (for example, those which are used exclusively as establishments) are an exception.
Collective home
Home designed to be inhabited by a group of people, that do not constitute a family, subject to an authority or common regime or united by common objectives or personal interests. Includes both homes in the strictest sense (convents, barracks, student residences, prisons, etc.), and hotels, pensions and similar establishments. The census of buildings includes all collective homes regardless of whether they are inhabited or not, unlike the census of homes which only covers collective establishments where people actually live.
Family dwelling
Habitatge destinat a ser habitat per una o diverses persones, no necessàriament unides per parentiu, que no constitueixen un col·lectiu. Dins d'aquest concepte es poden distingir els habitatges principals, els habitatges secundaris i els habitatges buits (en censos anteriors es denominaven vacants)
Structurally separate and independent area where economic activities dependent on a company are or could be carried out.

Methodological aspects

The Census of Buildings is the set of operations of collection, processing, evaluation and data analysis of existing buildings of a country with reference to a particular time or period. It is done every ten years to determine the number, geographic distribution and characteristics of the existing buildings on the reference date. In Spain, the Census of Buildings is a national operation, conducted by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

The Census of Buildings 2011 is a statistical operation that took place at the reference date of November 1, 2011 in conjunction with the Population and Housing Censuses 2011. It has been designed to collect comprehensive information of all the completed buildings that contain at least one dwelling, with enumeration of all properties located in them and determination of their basic characteristics.

The objectives of Census of Buildings are:

  • enumerate and geo-reference all buildings that contain at least one dwelling
  • determine the characteristics of buildings
  • enumerate all properties contained in each building
  • select the properties that will form part of the Population and Housing Survey
  • provide a georeferenced comprehensive directory of buildings that contain at least one dwelling and all its properties. Georeferencing allows the exact identification of buildings despite changes in the address and, consequently, their unambiguous identification.

The scope of the Census of Buildings 2011 comprises all the buildings (regardless of their primary use) that are completed and contain at least one dwelling, with enumeration of all properties located in them. That is, buildings containing no dwelling are not included. This is the main difference compared to previous censuses. The Census of Buildings 2011 is limited to buildings containing at least one dwelling, and provides no information on other buildings. In previous censuses only buildings used exclusively for agricultural or livestock were excluded. In this census are excluded, as well, buildings that contain no dwelling, regardless of use.

Buildings that after to be totally or partially demolished were reconstructed and were not topped out at the census date.

Additionally, were not included:

  • Buildings that were demolished and those that were in a ruinous condition and uninhabited.
  • Constructions at squares, footways or recreational facilities for selling drinks, tobacco, press
  • Buildings for exclusively agricultural production purposes that at the same time were not used for family, collective housing purposes or for activities other than agricultural production.

The variables included in Census of Buildings 2011 are the following:

  • type of building
  • number of properties in the building
  • year of construction
  • number of floors
  • building condition
  • kind of dwellings
  • facilities

Census of Buildings 2001 was conducted in conjunction with Population and Housing Census 2001, at the reference date of November 1, 2001. It includes buildings for housing, both family and collective, as well as buildings for purposes other than housing, with the exception of those exclusively used for agricultural production. One difference respect previous censuses is that it only counts completed buildings.

Censuses of buildings 1980 and 1990 comprised all buildings for housing purposes and for other purposes, except those for exclusively agricultural production. These censuses also comprised completed buildings and those that were under construction and topped out, that is, those that already got finished the general structure of the building and had covered the last floor. The following buildings were excluded:

  • Buildings that were demolished or were empty because of their ruinous condition
  • Buildings for exclusively agricultural production purposes

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".