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Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2021

Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2021

Last update: 23 June 2022National Statistics Icon
Next update: June 2023

Key Findings:

  • The average household size in Scotland has decreased in the last 20 years. City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City are the exceptions and have increased since 2008.
  • The number of households in Scotland continued to increase in 2021, reaching 2.53 million.
  • The number of households increased in every council area over the last 20 years.
  • There were 2.67 million dwellings in Scotland in 2021. Of these, 88,300 dwellings (3%) were vacant and 24,000 (1%) were second homes.
  • Remote rural areas have a higher percentage of empty and second homes than urban areas.

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