Composition of households
Characteristics of adults
Over a quarter (26%) are between 45 and 59-years old.
Over a half (55%) are aged 45-years or more.
There are more women (52%) than men (48%).
Three in ten adults reported a long-term physical or mental health condition.
Age of adults
The proportion of people who are permanently retired from work increased to 25%.
The proportion of those looking after the home or family decreased to 5%.
The proportion of those in further/higher education increased to 6%.
Characteristics of households
83% of people in Scotland live in urban areas, while only 17% live in rural areas.
61% of households were owner occupied.
More than a third of adults live alone (35%):
- 21% as single adult
- 14% as single older households.
Only 5% are large families consisting of two adults and threeor more children, or three or more adults with one or more children.
* For full definition on household type please see Glossary.
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