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Projected Households in Scotland by Household Type and Age Group of Head of Household (Table 4)

Projected Households in Scotland by Household Type and Age Group of Head of Household (Table 4)

Scottish Government Statistical Bulletin Housing Series: HSG/2000/4

In this section five groupings of household type are used: 1 person male, 1 person female, 2 or more adults, 1 adult with children and 2 or more adults with children.

Between 1998 and 2012 the projections indicate an overall increase of 42 per cent in households consisting of one male adult. The largest percentage change for this household type is where the person is aged between 45 to 54; projected to increase by 71 per cent and also representing the largest numerical change at 29,300 households.

The number of households which consist of one female adult living alone are projected to increase by 28 per cent over the projection period. The biggest percentage changes for this household type are seen for those females in the age groups 16-24 and 45-54 , where the projected increases are 63 and 57 per cent respectively. However, the largest projected increase in terms of numbers of households is for those aged 75 or more, where an increase of 33,000 households is projected.

Throughout the projection period around one fifth of all households consist of one female living alone, almost two thirds of whom (over 256,000 in 1998 and rising to over 308,000 in 2012) are aged 60 or over. In contrast, over the projection period males living alone account for well under a fifth of all households, and less than one third of them are aged 60 or over.

The numbers of households consisting of one adult with children are projected to increase by 33 per cent between 1998 and 2012. For these households, the greatest projected increase, 66 per cent, occurs where the adult is aged between 16 and 24, from just over 26,000 in 1998 to almost 44,000 in 2012.

In 1998, households which consist of two or more adults with children form the second largest proportion, at over one fifth, of all households. However, the numbers of such households are projected to decrease by a third, and by 2012 will drop to second smallest household type in terms of numbers of households. The largest decrease for this household type, at 53 per cent, is projected to be amongst those households headed by a person aged 25 to 29.

Throughout the projection period over two fifths of households consist of two or more adults with no children. The number of households of this type is projected to increase from 882,100 in 1998 to 1,016,300 in 2012. The largest projected increase (32 per cent) is for households headed by a person in the age group 45-54, from 208,400 in 1998 to 275,700 in 2012. A decrease of 7 per cent, however, is projected for households of this type headed by someone aged between 25 and 34 (from 99,200 in 1998 to 92,200 in 2012).

Table 4  Projected households (thousands) in Scotland by household type and age group of head of household (HoH)

Table 4  Projected households (thousands) in Scotland by household type and age group of head of household (HoH)

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