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Population resident in group establishments. By types of establishment

Population resident in group establishments. By types of establishment Catalonia. 2021
Number of establishment Population Average age Sex ratio % foreigners % population 65 and older
Total 3,951 76,379 53.0 108 39.6 37.1
Residential homes and sheltered housing for the elderly 2,210 23,400 84.2 36 2.3 94.8
Residential centres for people with disabilities 428 5,359 51.6 135 3.4 15.5
Health care institutions 53 1,600 57.8 146 10.1 38.9
Hotels and similar dwellings 53 898 35.5 215 71.2 7.6
Social welfare institutions for children, youth and women 47 1,651 17.7 139 46.7 1.2
Other social care institutions (social exclusion, homelessness) 142 22,849 36.0 240 76.8 4.2
Student residences, schools and workers' residences 49 1,275 30.6 101 76.6 8.9
Religious, military and penitentiary institutions 517 4,084 61.8 66 20.2 53.5
Other type of dwellings or unknown typology 452 15,263 35.3 162 56.3 9.0
Source: Idescat, based on the INE Population and Housing Census.
Note: Sex ratio : Number of men per 100 women.

Last update: December 13, 2023.


These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Population and Housing Census (CENSPH).

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Group establishment
Housing destined for occupancy by a group of people subjected to a common authority or system that is not based on family ties or cohabitation.
Resident population
Registered population in the municipality.

Methodological aspects

The information on the population residing in group establishments is obtained from the Survey of Groups, which forms part of the Population and Housing Census 2011. The Census is aimed at people residing both in family homes and group establishments (hotels, old people's homes, caserns, convents). As group establishments have specific characteristics, they are researched by means of an independent field operation.

The study population for the Group Establishments Survey is all group establishments in the whole of the Catalan territory that have at least one resident on the census reference date (November 1, 2011), and is used to determine the number and types of group establishments on that reference date. It also reports on the basic demographic characteristics of the people living in them, such as sex, age, marital status, place of birth, nationality, residence one year previously, level of education and relation with activity.

The following types of group establishment are considered:

  • Old people's homes;
  • Healthcare institutions (psychiatric or long-stay hospitals);
  • institutions for the disabled;
  • childcare institutions;
  • religious institutions (monasteries, abbeys...);
  • military establishments (caserns...);
  • penitentiary institutions (prisons, juvenile detention centres...);
  • other types of centre (hotels or similar and workers' residences).

In the case of hotels or similar, unlike the others, it is common for people not to be residing in them habitually, but rather to simply be residing in them for certain periods. In accordance with the census definitions, these cases are not considered group establishments.

Unlike in previous censuses, the following types are not considered to be group establishments:

  • student halls of residence, as has the students, in accordance with the census regulations, must be counted at the family residence;
  • short-stay general and special hospitals where there are no habitual residents, because stays in these hospitals are for less than 12 months;
  • refuges for socially excluded persons, as it is considered that the people residing in them have a residence or are homeless;
  • boarding schools and military schools or seminaries, because in all these cases the residents must be counted at the family home.

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 "..".