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Family dwellings. By type

Family dwellings. By type Catalonia. 2011
Value % over the total
Main family dwellings 2,944,944 76.2
Secondary 470,081 12.2
Vacant 448,356 11.6
Others .. ..
Total 3,863,381 100.0
Units: Number.
Source: Idescat, based on the Census of Buildings INE's.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.
Family dwellings. By type Spain. 2011
Value % over the total
Main family dwellings 18,083,692 71.7
Secondary 3,681,565 14.6
Vacant 3,443,365 13.7
Others .. ..
Total 25,208,623 100.0
Units: Number.
Source: INE.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Last update: 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.