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Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2020

Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2020

Last update: 25 June 2021National Statistics Icon
Next update: June 2022

Key Findings:

  • The number of households in Scotland continued to increase in 2020, reaching 2.51 million. This was an increase of 142,800 (6%) since 2010.
  • The number of households increased in every council area over the last ten years. The greatest relative increases were in Midlothian (15%), East Lothian (11%) and Orkney Islands (10%).
  • The growth in the number of households is partly due to an increase in the population, but also because people are increasingly living alone or with fewer other people.
  • More than a third of households are single person households. An estimated 900,000 people are living alone.
  • There were 2.65 million dwellings in Scotland in 2020. Of these, 90,500 dwellings (3%) were vacant and 24,500 (1%) were second homes.
  • Empty and second homes are concentrated in different parts of the country. For example, remote rural areas have a higher percentage of empty and second homes than urban areas.

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