People Are Leaving Large Cities in Hungary, Census Also Shows Housing Stock Growth

  • 7 Jun 2023 1:15 PM
  • Hungary Matters
People Are Leaving Large Cities in Hungary, Census Also Shows Housing Stock Growth
Last autumn’s census has indicated a growing number of people moving outside large cities, Marcell Kovács, the census’s project manager, told a press conference.

While the population of large cities has shrunk and that of their surroundings has grown, residential areas in the north-western part of the country and around Lake Balaton have also grown, Kovács said.

The census has showed that the number and size of homes had also grown, with fewer people living in one unit, Kovács said, adding that 237 people were living in 100 homes last year, 11 fewer than in 2011. In 2022, the national housing stock consisted of 4.6 million units, 190,000 or 4.3 percentage points more than in 2011, he added.

Concerning the size of homes, Kovács said the average size was 82 square metres, 4 sqm bigger than in 2011, with three or more bedroom units making up 30% of the total stock.

He also added that about 70% of all units had a bathroom and modern heating.

Over one third of the housing stock was built between 1960 and 1980, 14% after 2000, and 16% before the second world war.

The oldest buildings as well as the newest ones are in Budapest, Kovács said. Most units are of brick and mortar, while pre-fab construction is the second in Budapest and in large cities, while in villages adobe brick construction has been the second preference, he added.

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