Each fifth dwelling in Latvia has no permanent residents

20.06.2013

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that, within the framework of the Population and Housing Census 2011, 1 025 233 dwellings in Latvia were counted up; 79.1% of the total number were occupied, while 20.8% – unoccupied (dwellings that at the moment when Census was conducted had no permanent residents).In line with the Population and Housing Census 2011 methodology, 0.1% of the dwelling inhabitants were excluded from the Census*.

327 379 dwellings were counted up in Riga; 83.1% of them were occupied, while 16.8% – unoccupied. Whereas other regions indicate following numbers: Pierīga – 181 587 dwellings (73.6% occupied and 26.3% unoccupied), Vidzeme region - 99 437 (79% and 20.9%), Kurzeme region – 136 492 (78.7% and 21.3%), Zemgale region – 118 278 (80.3% and 19.7%), and Latgale region – 162 060 (76.5% and 23.4%), respectively. The share of dwellings, residents of which were excluded from the Census, in all regions does not exceed 0.1%.

Dwellings by occupancy status in Latvia as a whole and in statistical regions; on 1 March 2011

Territory

 

Dwellings, total

Occupied dwelling with one or several permanent residents

Dwelling without permanent residents

Dwelling residents of which were excluded from Census

Share of dwellings (%)

Occupied dwelling with one or several permanent residents

Dwelling without permanent residents

Dwelling residents of which were excluded from Census

Latvia

1 025 233

810 678

213 777

778

79.1

20.8

0.1

 Riga region (Riga)

327 379

272 142

54 908

329

83.1

16.8

0.1

 Pieriga region

181 587

133 578

47 825

184

73.6

26.3

0.1

 Vidzeme region

99 437

78 565

20 810

62

79.0

20.9

0.1

 Kurzeme region

136 492

107 410

29 018

64

78.7

21.3

0.0

 Zemgale region

118 278

95 003

23 237

38

80.3

19.7

0.0

 Latgale region

162 060

123 980

37 979

101

76.5

23.4

0.1

Population and Housing Census 2011 helped acquiring statistics on population number by the housing arrangements thereof.98.6% of the total Latvia population are living in conventional dwellings (apartment or individual house), 1.2% - in collective living quarters, 0.1% - in other housing units (e.g., trailer, shed or barn), and 0.1% of the residents have no housing (homeless people). In 2011, homeless persons were registered only in night shelters.

98.5% of the Riga residents are living in conventional dwellings, 0.1% - in other housing units, 1.1% - in collective living quarters, and 0.3% did not have housing. 98.9% of Pierīga region population are residing conventional dwellings, 0.3% - other housing units, and 0.8% - collective living quarters.

98.3% of the country residents in Vidzeme region are living in conventional dwellings, 0.2% - in other housing units, and 1.5% - in collective living quarters. While in Kurzeme region: 98.9% are residing conventional dwellings, 0.2% - other housing units, and 0.9% - collective living quarters; in Zemgale region: 98.1% are living in conventional dwellings, 0.2% - in other housing units, 1.6% - in collective living quarters, and 0.1% did not have housing; and in Latgale region: 98.5% - in conventional dwellings, 0.1% - in other housing units, 1.3% - in collective living quarters, and 0.1% did not have housing.

Population by housing arrangements in Latvia as a whole and in statistical regions; 2011

Territory

Population, total

Residential house or apartment

Trailer, shed, barn or other housing unit

Collective living quarters

Person has no housing (homeless)

Latvia

2 070 371

2 040 812

3 211

24 006

2 342

 Riga region (Riga)

658 640

649 188

422

7 204

1 826

 Pieriga region

371 431

367 221

1 214

2 927

69

 Vidzeme region

211 309

207 692

422

3 142

53

 Kurzeme region

270 498

267 442

473

2 527

56

 Zemgale region

254 461

249 738

435

4 134

154

 Latgale region

304 032

299 531

245

4 072

184

Data were acquired also on the type of conventional buildings. During the last 10 years, construction of individual houses (including semi-detached and row houses as well as two-dwelling buildings) has increased and comprises 44.9% of the total number of buildings erected. Results of the Population and Housing Census 2011 indicate that the share of such housings in Latvia comprised 29.1%, while share of dwellings located in apartment houses constituted 69.3%.

Conventional dwellings in Latvia by type of building; 2011

Programme of the Population and Housing Census covered 10 questions on population housing; as a result, information was acquired on the dwelling occupancy status, housing arrangements, year when the building was erected, type of the building, heating type, facilities available in the dwelling, floor space and type of housing ownership. In the Population and Housing Census 2011, all dwellings were surveyed, as opposed to the Census 2000, in which only occupied dwellings were counted.

More information on population housing is available in the CSB database.

More information:
Pēteris Veģis
Social Statistics Department
Population Census Section 
Phone + 371 67366771


* Dwellings residents of which were excluded from the Census - foreign military and sea forces, consular personnel as well as family members thereof, foreign civilians in temporary work (for less than 12 months) and family members thereof, and tourists