Distribution of personal wealth statistics

This series contains statistics on identified personal wealth in the UK

Distribution of Personal Wealth Statistics

The statistics are based on Inheritance Tax returns and include information on the distribution of wealth, liquid wealth, the assets held by estates and how those vary by age and gender. They also include new statistics on property, interest and dividend income based on HMRC’s Survey of Personal Incomes and Self Assessment returns. More information on this can be found in the published commentary.

Previous years

You can find all tables for previous years on the National Archives website.


  1. UK Personal Wealth Statistics: 2011 to 2013

    • National Statistics
  2. Personal Wealth Statistics and the Wealth and Assets Survey

    • Official Statistics

Identified Wealth

Identified wealth is the wealth represented by estates passing on death each year that require a grant of representation. Not all estates require a grant of representation and figures in these tables do not represent the entire population. The identified wealth population represents around 15.153 million people which is 30% of the average annual UK adult population over the period 2011 to 2013.

  1. Table 13.1 Identified personal wealth: assets by range of estate

    • National Statistics
  2. Table 13.2 Identified personal wealth: assets by age and gender

    • National Statistics
  3. Table 13.3 Identified personal wealth: estate size by age and gender

    • National Statistics
  4. Table 13.4 Identified personal wealth: liquid wealth by age

    • Official Statistics
  5. Table 13.5 Identified personal wealth: liquid wealth by gender

    • Official Statistics
  6. Table 13.6: Identified personal wealth: number of estates in each asset band

    • National Statistics
  7. Table 13.7 Identified personal wealth: assets by year

    • National Statistics
  8. Table 13.8 Identified personal wealth: analysis by decile

    • National Statistics

Income from property, interest, dividends and other investments

Other information about these statistics

Published 28 September 2012
Last updated 30 September 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated the eight existing tables with new data covering the period 2011 to 2013 and added four new tables.
  2. Updated text to reflect results from consultation on the future of the Personal Wealth National Statistics.
  3. Announced details of a consultation on the future of these statistics.
  4. First published.