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HDB statistics, facts & figures

Since its founding in 1960, HDB built 1,200,402 dwelling units and commercial properties by end-2018. Beside HDB, SIT built about 23,000 units between 1927 and 1959, HUDC built about 9,600 units in 1970s and 1980s, and JTC built somewhere around 10,000 – 20,000 units in 1960s and 1970. This makes around 1.25 million public housing units built.

Of them, 1,063,250 dwelling units are in use at 31 March 2019 according HDB Annual Report, about 130,000 dwelling units being demolished (clearance of rental blocks and SERS), converted (2 units joined into 1 unit), privatized (HUDC), etc. About 20,000 – 30,000 are commercial units.

According Database of HDB blocks in Excel format, including under construction blocks launched until November 2019 BTO and demolished blocks after 2010, there are 1,166,857 units in 10,757 blocks, averaging 108 units per block.

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Biggest HDB towns:
Current town boundaries were introduced in Annual Report 1990. Bedok was the biggest town, overtaken by Tampines in 1996 then by Jurong West in 2000. We expected Sengkang to take the lead, but after announcement of Tampines North estate in 2013, adding under construction flats to the flats in use as 31 March 2018 make Tampines leader again (in 2021 we expect these flats to be completed to make Tampines leading in flats in use), Jurong West, Sengkang and Woodlands are in close battle.

According SingStat, as 2018 the Singapore population is 5,638,700, of which 3,994,300 Residents (3,471,900 Singapore Citizens and 522,300 Permanent Residents).

According HDB Annual Report 2018, 3,247,500 Residents live in HDB apartments, this means 81% (non-residents are not allowed to own HDB apartments but they can live in apartments owned by a Resident spouse, also they are allowed to own apartments in private condominiums taller than 6 storeys but not landed houses or apartments in low-rise condominiums). This means average family size of 3.1 residents per apartment and 30 sqm per person. Note that HDB Annual Report shows same resident population since 2015 onward, based on older Annual Reports 2010-2014 average household size was around 3.4 residents per apartment so 27 sqm per person. For comparison, in 1968 were in average 6.2 people per apartment (average flat size I estimate around 40 sqm).

Many HDB owners are renting rooms or entire flat to foreigners, some HDB owners are citizens married with foreigners, HDB never provide official statistics about how many non-Residents does live in HDB apartments.

According Yearbook of Statistics 2010, Singapore population including non-residents is 5,076,700 living in 1,180,500 dwelling units (HDBs, condos, private flats, landed houses, others), of which 76.3% are HDBs, this means a nationwide average of 4.30 people per dwelling unit, if the average would be same for HDB, it would mean 22 sqm per person (no newer statistics available for non-residents).

Average household size for each flat type and race can be seen on www.singstat.gov.sg > Key Indicators and Sample Household Survey. You can see that households with 6 or more persons represent 10% of Chinese households and 23% of Malay households.

Home ownership of HDB flats reached the peak of 94% in 2002, then slowly felt down to 90% in 2011 and been constant to 2018.


This table shows number of Resident households by type (HDB, condo, landed, etc). As 2017 there are 1,018,600, 201,700 condos, 66,500 landed, 3,100 other Resident households. Non-Resident households are not included here (many condos are owned by foreigners).

Number of units in private condominiums, executive condominiums, square meters of office and retail space, can be seen in https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/media-room/news/2017/Apr/pr17-30 and https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/-/media/User%20Defined/URA%20Online/media-room/2017/pr17-06e1.pdf

Total residential dwellings 1,370,319, private residential landed 72,595, non-landed 275,485 (2016) according https://www.singstat.gov.sg/docs/default-source/default-document-library/publications/publications_and_papers/reference/sif2017.pdf (page 16)

HDB dwelling units under management, as 31 March 2019

2019 1-Room 2-Room 3-Room 4-Room 5-Room Executive / MG Studio Apartments Total
Ang Mo Kio 1318 3636 24523 14481 5949 499 322 50728
Bedok 2530 2324 22815 20967 10498 2717 305 62156
Bishan 564 257 2357 9359 5716 1660 159 20072
Bukit Batok 761 2840 11569 18073 7401 2734 246 43624
Bukit Merah 4731 6054 16493 17190 9617 44 605 54734
Bukit Panjang 223 558 3678 16699 10425 3381 361 35325
Bukit Timah 0 49 439 920 683 380 83 2554
Central Area 2075 1316 4266 3438 902 6 0 12003
Choa Chu Kang 565 1207 2463 23465 15952 4762 486 48900
Clementi 474 770 12306 9222 3207 622 0 26601
Geylang 879 3390 11608 9679 3593 831 209 30189
Hougang 668 2068 10907 26901 11080 4311 626 56561
Jurong East 433 513 7069 8188 5925 1871 123 24122
Jurong West 813 2668 12620 29761 22213 6507 626 75208
Kallang / Whampoa 4401 2803 14086 12318 5477 504 342 39931
Marine Parade 0 1350 3035 1798 1678 0 0 7861
Pasir Ris 176 338 491 11641 9379 7460 169 29654
Punggol 1366 2810 5187 22456 16547 1126 417 49909
Queenstown 575 3376 14494 9457 3976 355 443 32676
Sembawang 955 2558 1311 11138 8518 2871 0 27351
Sengkang 685 1912 3878 31274 24144 4463 759 67115
Serangoon 272 408 4535 10231 3757 3265 66 22534
Tampines 1615 1353 13842 29778 17715 5847 604 70754
Tengah 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Toa Payoh 1168 3808 15587 10639 6020 854 378 38454
Woodlands 2274 2911 7059 29799 20791 6191 875 69900
Yishun 1259 2512 15861 30774 10413 2741 774 64334
Total 30780 53789 242479 419646 241576 66002 8978 1063250
Average flat size (sqm) 31 45.48 68.21 95.93 118.42 143.99 42 93.02

Despite of shrinking flat sizes in late 1990s, average flat size has increased until 2005, reaching about 95 sqm, thanks to demolition of small 1/2/3-room flats built in 1960-1970s and building 90-140 sqm flats, also due to Main Upgrading Programme that add 5 sqm utility rooms. After 2005 average flat size is slowly falling down because HDB stopped supply of Executive, reduced supply of 5-room, and reintroduced 1-room, 2-room and 3-room flats. As 2018, average flat size of existing flats stock is 93.02 sqm.

New flats launched via BTO since 2011 and completed from 2015 onward are about 80 sqm in average, for comparison the flats build in mid-1990s were about 120 sqm in average, a world record for public housing. Read more: HDB Flat Size analysis.

Sources:
SingStat for the population.
HDB Annual Reports for the number of flats (units).
HDB Resale Flat Prices database 2013-2017 (89538 records) for estimating average size of each flat type.

The average flat size may be a bit inaccurate because the resale flat prices database include only sold flats, there is no info about the size of rental 1/2-room flats, and does not include flats built last 5 years which are under minimum occupation period, which are smaller than average size of older flats.

Excel files with additional statistics

HDB Statistics.xls – Excel file compiled by me, containing:
– Number of dwelling units by town and flat type, table and chart
– Number of dwelling units by town and year 1990-2018, table and chart
– Number of dwelling units by flat type and year 1990-2018, table and chart
– Statistics for calculation of the average flat size along history
– HDB achievements since 1960
– Resale market statistics
Please leave your comments about my work!

See also HDB Annual Reports 1990-2018 transcribed by me in Excel.

HDB flat size statistics based on resale transactions

I have database of HDB Resale Flat Prices 1990-2017 and analyzed data in Excel. Here are the results:

As country level: the average flats size is 95.45 sqm (average of 767528 transacted units).

As town level: Pasir Ris New Town (built between 1988 and 1996) have the biggest flats, 123.62 sqm (average of 28469 units) Central Area (most built in 1970s) have the smallest flats, 71.52 sqm (average of 5893 units).

As neighborhood level: Pasir Ris 2XX neighborhood have the biggest flats, 132.74 sqm (average of 4363 units), Pasir Ris 5XX have 129.24 sqm (average of 4689 units), Pasir Ris 6XX have 126.89 sqm (average of 2742 units), Choa Chu Kang 5XX have 125.87 sqm (average of 3363 units), Tampines 3XX have 122.58 sqm (average of 6022 units).

Note that the average size of resold flats is slightly bigger than the real average flat size, because the big and <10 year old flats tends to change their owners more frequently than the small old flats owned mainly by elderly, also some of the small flats are rented from HDB rather than owned, so they never appear in resale transactions.

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    • mike on July 18, 2017 at 3:08 am
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    re.number of blocks built before 1990.

    QUOTE.

    The $5 billion LUP for older HDB blocks is 14 years old and the programme ended last December. It provided a lift on every floor to 5,000 blocks built before 1990.

    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/solutions-on-trial-for-hdb-blocks-unsuited-for-lift-upgrading

    this is a great web site for HDB data.
    kow tow to site owner.A big thank you.

    • Ed Randall on January 15, 2018 at 1:02 pm
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    Could you tell me how many people the HDB employs. I am interested in getting public authorities in London to pay close attention to what the HBD has achieved and an indication of the scale of the HDB in terms of the numbers of people it employs and net annual expenditure required to meet its costs of operation would be very helpful to me, Thanks in anticipation for any help you can give.

    1. http://www.hdb.gov.sg/cs/infoweb/about-us/news-and-publications/annual-reports here you can find some financial info, but we will never able to know how many people it employs.

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