Cambridge IELTS 13 - Test 2 - Task 1
The chart below shows the percentage of households in owned and rented accommodation in England and Wales between 1918 and 2011
The chart illustrates the data of owned and rented households of England and Wales from the year 1918 to 2011.
Overall, it is quite clear that the percentage of rented accommodations was very high compared to the owned houses. But, this data followed a downward path as the years progressed whilst the figures for owned properties kept increasing and surpassed the rented real estate to almost double at the end.
In 1918, England and Wales had around 21% of owned houses whereas the rented ones were close to 80%. The figures for rented properties showed a steady downfall in the forthcoming years and were recorded at around 68%, 50% and 40% in the years 1953, 1961 and 1981 before hitting their all-time low of approx. 31% in 1991 and 2001. By the year 2011, there was a slight rise, and the rented properties accounted for about 38%.
The owned accommodations on the other hand showed a contrasting trend and steadily increased to 31%, 40%, and 50% in the years 1939, 1961, and 1971. It was in the year 1971 that the percentage of the two real estate types was similar. This trend continued further in the upcoming years and the owned households reached their apex of just below 70% in 2001 and finally closed at around 62% in the final year.