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Antigua at the head in Spain of empty homes

Antigua at the head in Spain of empty homes.

It is the second municipality in the state, with more than 10,000 inhabitants, with the percentage of more empty homes after Tías, in Lanzarote.

The municipality of Antigua is the second in the entire Spanish state with more empty homes in proportion to the total of them. This is what the latest study of Population and Housing Censuses of the National Institute of Statistics (INE), corresponding to 2021 and made public this Friday, indicates.

Focusing on municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants, it is observed that five Canarian municipalities are among the 20 in Spain with the highest proportion of empty homes, with Tías (Lanzarote) at the head of all, with almost half of its housing stock.

In this tourist town of Lanzarote, 48.0% of all homes are empty. It is followed by Antigua (Fuerteventura), in sixth position, with a rate of 37.2%; Santiago del Teide (Tenerife), in ninth place, with 35.7%; Mogán (Gran Canaria), in fourteenth, with 33.4%; and San Miguel de Abona (Tenerife), with 33.1%.

According to the INE, "a family home is considered unoccupied or empty when it is not the habitual residence of any person nor is it used seasonally, periodically or sporadically by anyone. These are uninhabited dwellings

The Canary Islands also lead in cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants

The two capitals of the Canary Islands are at the head of Spain in the list of cities with the most empty homes in proportion to their size: Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the first in the country, with 17.3% of its entire housing stock in that situation, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ranks fourth, with 14.3%.

According to the study, the cities in Spain with more than 200,000 inhabitants where the phenomenon of empty housing has more weight are Santa Cruz de Tenerife (17.3% of their total homes), Vigo (15.1%), La Coruña (14.3%), Cartagena (13.3%), Almería (9.9%), Tarrasa (9.5%), Barcelona (9.3%) and Valencia (8.8%).

In Spain there were more than 2021.3 million empty homes in 8, almost one in seven, and about half – 45% – were in municipalities of less than 10,000 inhabitantsOf those 3,837,328 empty homes, 1,173,031, 30%, were in localities of between 10,000 and 21,6 inhabitants, where they represented 14.5% of the total and represented a rate of 100.<> per <> inhabitants.

Figures that increased in towns with less than a thousand inhabitants, where there were 557,377 empty homes, 14.4% of those in Spain, but which represented a third of the total housing of these populations and a rate of 38.3 per hundred inhabitants.

By contrast, cities with more than 250,000 inhabitants, where 23.8% of the population resided, only contained 10.5% of the total number of empty homes and their rate fell to only 3.6 per hundred inhabitants.

The INE has obtained these figures from what it considers an "important novelty": the elaboration of a classification of homes according to their degree of use based on electricity consumption data.


The INE Population and Housing Censuses also reveal, in addition to confirming – as already reported last November – that the resident population in Spain on January 1, 2021 stood at 47,400,798 inhabitants, that the number of single-person households in Spain was 5,001,166 in 2021, with an increase of 807,847, 19.3%, in ten years, and of them 2,089,175 were employed by people aged 65 or over, 22.2% more than in 2011, of which seven out of ten were women.

The vast majority of the population resides in conventional family homes, of which 18,536,616 have registered dwellings – the INE calls these dwellings "main" – and 8,087,092 do not – the INE calls them "non-main" – which results in the existence of 26,623,708 homes.

Analyzing the year of construction, this statistic reveals that between 2011 and 2021 there was an increase of 734,655 homes in Spain, which means an average of more than 200 daily.


There are also 2,607 "accommodations", which include, for example, shacks and caravans, in which 7,199 people are registered – the INE warns that this is not the total number of "homeless" people – and 14,066 "collective establishments" – residences, barracks, prisons or convents – in which 2021,333 people were registered in 826.

The average number of members per household fell to 2.54 people in 2021, from 2.58 in 2011, thus continuing the decline observed in the last 50 years, and the most frequent households in 2021 were those formed by two people, which were 28.1% of the total, although this group has been reduced by 238,091 households in ten years.

Households consisting of three and four people have also declined, while the number of households of five people or more has grown by 194,227 households in 10 years.

Three out of four households, 75.5%, owned their home in 2021, compared to 78.9% ten years earlier, while the proportion of rental homes has grown to 16.1% of the total.

Barcelona (31.1%) and Girona (30.9%) were the capitals with the highest percentage of rental homes in 2021, while Huelva (8.6%) and Jaén (9.8%) had the lowest percentages.

As explained by the president of the INE, Elena Manzanera, and the general director of Population Statistics, Antonio Argüeso, in the presentation of these data, unlike the censuses carried out in Spain since the nineteenth century, which were built with information collected with interviews with households, the 2021 census has been completely prepared by combining dozens of administrative records, without surveying any household.
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I find these figures hard to believe. The majority of these homes deemed empty in ‘resorts’ will be second homes, most likely owned by non residents and occupied only occasionally. There would be absolutely no way of knowing when these homes are occupied. They are making assumptions based on a census?
Absolute twaddle.
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