There were 651,742 household spaces counted in the Lancashire-14 area, of which 94.8% or 618,019 were occupied by at least one usual resident, and 5.2% classed as having no usual residents. Levels of vacancy or instances of 'no usual residents' on the whole were higher in the north west than the 4.4% national figure. In Lancashire at a local level the figure ranged from 3.4% in South Ribble to 7.2% in Blackpool.
The predominant dwelling type varies across the region, and a different picture is presented when comparing the east side of the region with the central, southern or west parts of the county. Despite a slight reduction in numbers since 2001, some Lancashire districts, particularly those in East Lancashire area, had amongst the highest scores for terraced properties throughout England and Wales. The highest percentage occurred in Pendle, with 56% of household spaces in terraces, followed by Hyndburn (53%) and Burnley (50%). This contrasted against a national average of just under a quarter of terraced dwellings, although new-build terraced properties are often included in contemporary re-development to provide a mix of development and affordable housing. Elsewhere in Lancashire there were higher than average percentages of detached and semi-detached properties, the highest in Ribble Valley with 31.5% detached dwellings, or South Ribble with 45.2% semi-detached.
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