UK in a Street

Imagine if the entire population of the UK was condensed into a single street by the type of house each person lives in. What sorts of property would you see as you walked along it? Our analysis and visualisation envisage just that. It looks at the number of people in the UK living in apartments, terraced, detached and semi-detached houses while comparing the average price across each of the UK’s different regions.

It has helped us build a picture of a complex property market, but will the most common and expensive types of property surprise you?

Semi-Detached XX Avg Price: xx,xxx

Detached XX Avg Price: xx,xxx

Terrace XX Avg Price: xx,xxx

Apartments XX Avg Price: xx,xxx

If the entire UK population were condensed into just a single street, most of us (32%) would live in a £206,873 semi-detached house. 25% of the UK population would live in a £332,893 detached home, and 26% would live in a £177,379 terraced house. The least (14%) would live in an apartment, which equates to over nine million people.

Rather predictably, London property prices prop up the average for the rest of the country. As the table below and interactive graphic above show, apartments are by far the most common property type in the capital, with 43% of people residing in them and costing an average of £428,476, four times higher than the price in the North East.

In many ways, the capital bucks the national trend – outside of London, the average apartment price is £132,000, with just a 9.8% average across England and Wales (excluding the 29% of Scotland living in apartments) and the lowest average apartment price in Northern Ireland of £97,242.

If the entire UK population were condensed into just a single street, most of us would live in a £206,873 semi-detached house

If we imagine the street depicting just the North East region, for instance, (use the ‘select region’ tab above the interactive graphic to see), almost a third of the population would live in a terraced house with a value of £98,680. Just short of half the national average for a house of that type and staggeringly short of the £494,851 average in London.

What’s most striking from the research is the diversity across the UK, which raises plenty of fascinating socio-economic and geographic questions. Property prices just outside of London are elevated in areas within a commutable distance, with prices dropping off nearer the South West.

The results also provide a complete picture to both house buyers and first-time buyers. They can visualise the property ladder they’re climbing and see where’s most affordable for the type of property they’re looking for, highlighting areas within their budget.

Region Semi Detached
% of population
Semi Detached
Average house price
Detached
% of population
Detached
Average house price
Terraced
% of population
Terraced
Average house price
Flats
% of population
Flats
Average house price
North West39%£161,68020%£265,96431%£115,52010%£114,580
South West30%£234,38832%£359,06524%£195,20613%£155,617
Yorkshire and The Humber39%£151,43623%£252,27229%£122,7579%£112,289
South East31%£335,19931%£543,82024%£262,47515%£199,685
North East41%£125,28418%£208,13231%£98,68010%£87,737
West Midlands40%£177,27526%£300,79424%£143,74910%£120,602
East Midlands37%£164,26135%£262,14821%£134,3567%£108,438
East of England33%£284,38832%£418,23224%£235,04211%£190,148
London23%£577,9408%£899,79827%£494,85143%£428,476
Wales34%£142,80230%£224,44529%£113,7508%£105,742
Northern Ireland29%£121,09743%£186,90423%£85,7135%£97,242
Scotland25%£152,35226%£252,49220%£121,23829%£104,418
United Kingdom32%£206,87325%£332,83926%£177,37914%£199,075

Data was sourced from the Land Registry UK House Price Index dated April 2017, ONS Census Data for England and Wales, NRS Census Data in Scotland and NISRA Census Data in Northern Ireland.