The Ministry of Infrastructure estimates that at the end of 2011 the number of homes exceeded 26 million (26.018.179 homes), which means five million more than in 2001 or 23,7% more. The number of residents in Spain increased between 2001 and 2011 by 5,9 million people (5,8%), which means that practically a new home was built for each new inhabitant.
Although it is the National Institute of Statistics (NIS) who provides the information on the population and the number of homes for the end of 2011, the Ministry of Infrastructure also carries out its own estimate of the number of homes in Spain. (…)
The Ministry calculates that there were 26.018.179 homes at the end of 2011, while there were 21.033.759 homes in 2001. If this figure is compared to the one provided by the NIS in 2001, there is hardly a difference of 87.200 homes, which proves that the survey of the Ministry is very similar to the one carried out by the NIS.
Should we divide the population of 2011 (46.816.915 Spaniards) by all existing homes, there would be a result of 1,79 persons. The highest increase in number of homes has been in Murcia, with an increase of 37,7%, followed by La Rioja, with an increase of 30,6% and Castilla-La Mancha, with an increase of 30,4% when compared to 2001.
On the other side, the regions with less new homes would be the Basque Country, Extremadura and Aragón.
As for the number of empty homes, it could reach 3,5 million Euros, as declared by experts consulted by the Cinco Dias. In 2001 the proportion of empty homes on the total was of 14,8%.(…)