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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Housing and services - Overcrowding

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Datasets and statistics
Author :
Children's Institute, University of Cape Town
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Children are defined as living in over-crowded dwellings when there is a ratio of more than two people per room (excluding bathrooms but including kitchen and living room). The over-crowding ratio is obtained by dividing the total number of household members by the total number of rooms occupied by the household. Thus, a dwelling with two bedrooms, a kitchen and sitting-room would be defined as over-crowded if there were more than eight people living in it.