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Summary of Main Points from the Projections

Summary of Main Points from the Projections

The main points to emerge from the projections are:

  • The total number of households in Scotland is projected to increase by 12 per cent (260,000) from 2.20 million in 2000 to 2.46 million in 2014.

  • Increases are projected in all household types, except those consisting of two or more adults with child(ren). Households of this type are projected to fall by 159,000, making up 11 per cent of all households in 2014 compared to 20 per cent in 2000.

  • One adult households account for an estimated 33 per cent of all households in 2000 and this is projected to increase by 237,000 to 39 per cent of all households by 2014.

  • One adult with child(ren) households account for only around 7 per cent of all households in 2000; this is projected to increase by 45,000 to 8 per cent of all households by 2014 (an increase of 30 per cent).

  • Although the number of households is projected to rise, the private household population is projected to fall, by around 96,000, from 5.01 million in 2000 to 4.91 million in 2014, in line with the projected fall in total population.

  • Hence, the average household size is projected to fall from 2.3 persons in 2000 to 2.0 persons in 2014.

  • The projections for West Lothian and East Lothian show the largest percentage increase in total households between 2000 and 2014, with projected increases of 24 per cent (15,510) and 22 per cent (8,260) respectively.

  • Eilean Siar and Inverclyde have the smallest projected percentage increase in total households, both at 3 per cent (400 and 1,010 households respectively).

  • Dundee City is the only area projected to have a decrease in total households (5 per cent or 3,060 households).