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Dependent child

A 'child in a family nucleus' who is under 18 years of age and who is not employed full time.

Refer also to 'child in a family nucleus' and 'employed'.

District

Refers to a territorial authority that is neither wholly urban nor wholly rural and which is under the jurisdiction of a district council.

Refer also to ‘territorial authority’.

Don't know

The use of a category capturing ‘don't know’ responses is most applicable to household surveys, where ‘don't know’ may be a legitimate response to certain questions.

Dwelling

A dwelling is any building or structure, or part thereof, that is used (or intended to be used) for the purpose of human habitation. It can be of a permanent or temporary nature and includes structures such as houses, motels, hotels, prisons, motor homes, huts and tents.

There can be more than one dwelling within a building, for example an apartment building where each separate apartment or unit is considered a dwelling.

Dwelling occupancy status

Dwelling occupancy status is the variable that classifies all dwellings according to whether they were occupied or not and why they were unoccupied on the date of the census.

For the census, a dwelling is defined as occupied if it is:

  • occupied at midnight on the night of the census, or
  • occupied at any time during the 12 hours following midnight on the night of the census, unless the occupant(s) completed a questionnaire at another dwelling during this period.

Dwelling type

Refer also to 'occupied dwelling type'.

Dwelling under construction

All houses, flats, groups or blocks of flats being built.

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