Graph Writing # 127 - British survey in 2005 related to housing preferences of UK people

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Column/ Bar Graph:

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The following chart illustrates the results of a British survey taken in 2005 related to Housing preferences of UK people.

Write a report summarising the data shown.

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   Housing preferences in the UK (2005)

UK Residents' housing preferences in 2005

Sample Answer:
The given bar graph shows data on the housing preferences of UK citizens and this data was taken as part of a survey made on 2005. As is observed from the data, most of the London dwellers preferred flats while detached & semi-detached houses were more popular among the people of Oxford and Cambridge.

As is presented in the bar graph, about 58% citizen of London preferred flats while less than 30% people of Oxford and Cambridge preferred flats as their housing. Interestingly people from all those three cities preferred terrace houses in a similar percentage which is around 15-18 %. Least preferred housing type for London people was detached houses which were preferred by less than 10% of London citizens while this housing type was preferred by about 25% Oxford people and 35% Cambridge people. Finally, semi-detached houses were more preferred by Oxford and Cambridge people (about 27%) and only 17% people from London preferred this sort of housing.

To summarise, the survey result summarises that flat was the most preferred housing solution for London people while Oxford and Cambridge's people preferred detached and semi-detached housing.

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Nguyen Thuong Vu
The provided bar chart displays the preferences of Britons regarding their choices of three types of houses. The data is based on a survey carried out in the year 2005.

It is revealed that London and Oxford dwellers preferred flats while those in Cambridge mostly liked to live in detached houses.

In detail, the proportion of citizens in Oxford who favoured flats stood at almost 30%, which was half of that of Londoners. And interestingly, roughly the same percentage of people in Oxford liked detached and semi-detached houses. At the same time, around 15% of those in London preferred terraced and semi-detached houses while detached ones were least favoured, representing less than one-tenth.

Conversely, about 35% of those in Cambridge preferred the latter, while exactly 20% wanted to have flats. It is also worth noticing that the proportions of citizens who preferred terraced houses in all three regions were quite similar - almost a fifth.

The bar chart illustrates the housing choices of British people from three areas based on a survey conducted in 2005.

Overall, most of the inhabitants of London and Oxford preferred to live in apartments whereas Cambridgians preferred detached houses. Detached or terraced houses were quantitatively less welcomed in London and Oxford while popular in Cambridge.

As is observed from the given data, well over half of the Londoners preferred to live in a flat while about 15% and 18% liked to live in terraced and semi-detached houses respectively. Less than 10% of London dwellers preferred living in detached houses in 2005. But a majority of Cambridge residents, approximately 35%, preferred detached houses in this year while just over one-fourth preferred to live in a semi-detached house. Moreover, flats and terraced houses were comparatively less preferred among them, around 20% and 18% respectively. Interestingly, around the same percentages of people (25-29%) in Oxford preferred flat, semi-detached and detached house whereas the remaining 18% of their preference was for terraced houses.