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Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2022

Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2022

Last update: 22 June 2023National Statistics Icon
Next update: June 2024

Key Findings:

  • In 2022 the number of households in Scotland was estimated to be 2.55 million, 15% higher than in 2002.
  • The increases in household numbers in 2021 and 2022 (around 21,000 in each year) were the highest since 2008. 
  • The number of households increased in every council area in the last twenty years. 
  • Of the 2.70 million dwellings in Scotland in 2022, 90,700 (3%) were vacant and 24,300 (1%) were second homes. .
  • Average household size in Scotland decreased from 2.25 people per household in 2002 to 2.11 in 2022. 
  • In 2022 more than a third (36%) of households were estimated to be one person living alone. An estimated 904,000 people lived in these households.

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