Zimbabwe’s national housing waiting list stands at over two million, following a housing crisis that has left nearly half of its urban population of almost 5,7 million people living in rented accommodation.

“Rural areas reported the highest proportion of owner occupancy at 76,8%. Urban areas reported the highest proportion of lodger occupancy at 42,7%,” Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) director-general Taguma Mahonde said.

The revelations were made while presenting the 2022 housing and population census results at a Press conference in the capital yesterday.

The country has a housing backlog of around two million.

Meanwhile, the 2022 national population census revealed through ZimStat’s preliminary results last month that Zimbabwe’s population grew by 16,2% to 15 178 979 from 13,1 million in 2012.

According to ZimStat’s preliminary results, the population constituted 3 818 992 households, giving an average of four persons per household. “In terms of access to amenities, the majority of households, at 38%, did not have any source of electricity, 34% used grid electricity while 28% used off-grid electricity like solar and other means,” Mahonde said.

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