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3.8% of households own more than five acres of land in urban areas

Nima Wangdi 

About 34 percent or  55,686 households in the country do not own any land, according to the Bhutan Living Standard Survey (BLSS) 2022. This was based on the total estimated 164,332 households in the country.

The report stated that 57.7 percent of households in the urban area and 17.8 percent of households in the rural area are landless. There are 66,243 households in the urban and 98,089 in the rural area.

A household is considered a landholder if they own any type of land anywhere in Bhutan.

With 38.7 percent in the urban area and 70.6 percent of households in the rural area, 58 percent of households in the country own less than five acres of land.

However, eight percent of households own more than five acres of land. A total of 3.6 percent of households in urban areas own more than five acres of land while 11.6 percent of households own more than five acres in rural areas.

The report shows that as compared to urban households, land ownership is higher in rural households. There is a negative relationship between land-holding and per capita household consumption quintile. “In both landholding categories, the percent of landholding decreases with the increase in household consumption since land ownership is more prevalent in rural areas.

Among the households owning the land, the average landholding is 2.7 acres according to the report. It is 2.9 acres in rural areas and 2 acres in urban areas.

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