Household Overcrowding

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The number of people sharing a dwelling is often influenced by available income and can have a significant impact on people's health and wellbeing.  National and international studies show an association between crowding and the prevalence of certain infectious diseases, hospitalisation rates, poor educational attainment, and mental health issues.

20% of unemployed people are likely to be living in crowded households compared to 7% of people in full-time employment. 17% of people receiving income support were living in crowded households in 2006, up from 16% in 2001.

Read the full issue summary on overcrowded housing [PDF].