Household five year mobility indicator (MV5D)
This derived variable indicates if all, some, or none of the usual residents of a household on 10 August 2021 have a different usual address compared to five years earlier (i.e. 10 August 2016). Persons temporarily absent, visitors, and households containing only visitors, are excluded.
Family, group, lone person households
|1||All residents in the household aged five years and over had a different address five years ago|
|2||Some residents aged five years and over had a different address five years ago|
|3||No residents aged five years and over had a different address five years ago|
|&||At least one resident did not state an address five years ago|
Number of categories: 5
Not applicable (@) category comprises:
- Visitor only households
- Other non-classifiable households
- Unoccupied private dwellings
- Non-private dwellings
- Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1
Question(s) from the Census form
Where does the person usually live?
Where did the person usually live one year ago (at 10 August 2020)?
Where did the person usually live five years ago (at 10 August 2016)?
How this variable is created
This variable is derived from questions asking for a person's place of usual residence on Census Night, one year ago and five years ago. The dwelling can then be coded as having all, some, or no residents in the household having a different address five years ago.
Dwellings where at least one resident aged five years and over did not state their address five years ago are coded to ‘& At least one resident did not state an address five years ago’.
History and changes
A variable on household mobility was first used for the 1991 Census. A question relating to place of usual residence five years ago was first asked in the 1971 Census and has been asked at every Census since then.
For 2021, output category labels have been updated to make the categories easier to understand.
Data use considerations
From this data it is possible to identify the change of address of people and show the movement of households for five years prior to the Census date.
The non-response rate for Household five year mobility indicator (MV5D) was 2.5% in 2021. This is a decrease from 2.9% in 2016. For this variable, the 'non-response' includes households in which one or more residents did not state their usual residence five years ago.
Related variables and glossary terms
- Place of usual residence (PURP)
- Place of usual residence five years ago (PUR5P)
- Household one year mobility indicator (MV1D)
- Internal migration