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Average Household Size

The average number of people per household in each council area and in Scotland

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Dimensions
Dimension
Value
Measure Type
  1. Ratio
Reference Period
  1. 2001
  2. 2002
  3. 2003
  4. 2004
  5. 2005
  6. 2006
  7. 2007
  8. 2008
  9. 2009
  10. 2010
  11. 2011
  12. 2012
  13. 2013
  14. 2014
  15. 2015
  16. 2016
  17. 2017
  18. 2018
Reference Area
(showing types of area available in these data)
  1. Countries
  2. Council Areas
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About the Dataset
Contact
Publisher
Scottish Government
Creator
Scottish Government
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License
Issued
07/07/2017
Modified
25/06/2019
Next update due
May 2020
Description

This dataset contains information on the average number of people per household (‘average household size’) in each council area and in Scotland. Average household size is calculated using the mid-year household estimates, the mid-year population estimates, and communal establishment rates from Scotland’s Census 2001 and 2011.

The first stage is to calculate the number of people living in private households (the ‘private household population’) rather than in communal establishments, such as student halls of residence, prisons or care homes. This is done by applying the communal establishment rates to the mid-year population estimates to estimate the communal establishment population, and subtracting this population from the mid-year population estimate. Communal establishment rates for 2002 to 2010 are estimated from the rates from Scotland’s Census 2001 and 2011. The communal establishment rates from Scotland’s Census 2011 are used from 2012 onwards.

The second stage is to estimate average household size by dividing the private household population by the mid-year household estimate.

For full details of the methods used see the ‘Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland’ publications on the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website.

Details
Confidentiality Policy

This dataset does not contain any directly identifiable personal information.

Quality Management

Estimates are compared with earlier years’ data to identify any potential issues. Household estimates and population estimates also go through their own quality assurance processes which are described in the ‘Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland’ and ‘Mid-Year Population Estimates’ publications on the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website.

Accuracy and Reliability

Figures have been rounded to the nearest two decimal places. From 2013 onwards, many councils have carried out re-classification exercises of vacant dwellings and second homes, alongside making changes to their systems to reflect new legislation surrounding such properties introduced in 2013. The definitions of a second home and a vacant property classed as ‘long-term empty’ were also changed with the introduction of the new legislation, leading to some dwellings switching between these categories. Users are advised to note these differences when analysing the figures. In particular, there has been an apparent increase in the rate of growth in household numbers from 2013 onwards which is not simply due to growth in the number of dwellings. This has largely been due to re-classification of properties as a result of the 2013 legislation, either following a review of such properties or simply because their definitions have changed. Because average household size is calculated by dividing the population by the number of households, an increase in households leads to a decrease in average household size, given the same population size. Therefore any apparent change in the growth in households will have influenced average household size.

Coherence and Comparability

The statistics are also provided in Excel, PDF and CSV formats on the NRS website. They are designed to be consistent, and incorporate comparable historical data where appropriate.

Accessibility and Clarity

It is the policy of the NRS to make its website and products accessible according to published guidelines. More information is available in the Accessibility section of the NRS website.

Relevance

The statistics are mainly used for informing Councils’ decisions about housing need and service provision.

Timeliness and Punctuality

Data is received from Council Tax billing systems on the first Monday of September each year and published the following summer.

Revisions

When the 2018 data was uploaded a small revision was made to the 2017 value for Aberdeen City. This revision was to account for a more accurate household estimate that takes into account the increased number of student halls in the region

When the 2017 was uploaded a revision was made to values from 2012-2016 to reflect more accurate information about student accommodations. The change is small and only changes the values for City of Edinburgh, Glasgow City and Scotland

Revisions were made to the household estimates for Shetland Islands (2007-2014), City of Edinburgh (2014) and West Lothian (2013-2014). For full details see the ‘Estimates of households and dwellings in Scotland, 2015’ publication on the NRS website. Revisions were also made to the mid-year population estimates for 2012, 2013 and 2014. For full details see the ‘Mid-2015 population estimates Scotland and corrected population estimates for mid-2012, mid-2013 and mid-2014’ publication on the NRS website. Revisions and corrections to previously published estimates are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections - a copy of which is available on the Scottish Government website.

URI

This is a linked data resource: it has a permanent unique uri at which both humans and machines can find it on the Internet, and which can be used an identifier in queries on our SPARQL endpoint.

http://statistics.gov.scot/data/average-household-size
Dimensions Linked Data

A linked data-orientated view of dimensions and values

Dimension Locked Value
Reference Area
http://purl.org/linked-data/sdmx/2009/dimension#refArea
(not locked to a value)
Reference Period
http://purl.org/linked-data/sdmx/2009/dimension#refPeriod
(not locked to a value)
Measure Type
http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#measureType
(not locked to a value)
Graphs

Linked Data is stored in graphs. We keep dataset contents (the data) separately from the metadata, to make it easier for you to find exactly what you need.

The data in this dataset are stored in the graph: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/average-household-size

The data structure definition for this data cube dataset is stored in the same graph as the data: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/average-household-size

All other metadata about this dataset are stored in the graph: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/average-household-size/metadata

Linked Data Resources

A breakdown by type of the 603 resources in this dataset's data graph.

Resource type Number of resources
Collection 2
Component specification 5
Data set 1
Data structure definition 1
Observation 594
All metadata
In Graph http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/average-household-size/metadata
Accessibility and Clarity http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/accessibility-and-clarity
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Accuracy and Reliability http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/accuracy-and-reliability
Figures have been rounded to the nearest two decimal places. From 2013 onwards, many councils have carried out re-classification exercises of vacant dwellings and second homes, alongside making changes to their systems to reflect new legislation surrounding such properties introduced in 2013. The definitions of a second home and a vacant property classed as ‘long-term empty’ were also changed with the introduction of the new legislation, leading to some dwellings switching between these categories. Users are advised to note these differences when analysing the figures. In particular, there has been an apparent increase in the rate of growth in household numbers from 2013 onwards which is not simply due to growth in the number of dwellings. This has largely been due to re-classification of properties as a result of the 2013 legislation, either following a review of such properties or simply because their definitions have changed. Because average household size is calculated by dividing the population by the number of households, an increase in households leads to a decrease in average household size, given the same population size. Therefore any apparent change in the growth in households will have influenced average household size. xsd:string
Comment rdfs:comment http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#comment
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Comparability and Coherence http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/comparability-and-coherence
The statistics are also provided in Excel, PDF and CSV formats on the NRS website. They are designed to be consistent, and incorporate comparable historical data where appropriate. xsd:string
Confidentiality http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/confidentiality
This dataset does not contain any directly identifiable personal information. xsd:string
Contact email http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#contactEmail
mailto:statisticscustomerservices@nrscotland.gov.uk
Creator dcterms:creator http://purl.org/dc/terms/creator
Scottish Government http://statistics.gov.scot/id/organisation/scottish-government
Date Issued dcterms:issued http://purl.org/dc/terms/issued
July 07, 2017 08:58 xsd:dateTime
Date Modified dcterms:modified http://purl.org/dc/terms/modified
June 25, 2019 09:07 xsd:dateTime
Description dcterms:description http://purl.org/dc/terms/description
This dataset contains information on the average number of people per household (‘average household size’) in each council area and in Scotland. Average household size is calculated using the mid-year household estimates, the mid-year population estimates, and communal establishment rates from Scotland’s Census 2001 and 2011. The first stage is to calculate the number of people living in private households (the ‘private household population’) rather than in communal establishments, such as student halls of residence, prisons or care homes. This is done by applying the communal establishment rates to the mid-year population estimates to estimate the communal establishment population, and subtracting this population from the mid-year population estimate. Communal establishment rates for 2002 to 2010 are estimated from the rates from Scotland’s Census 2001 and 2011. The communal establishment rates from Scotland’s Census 2011 are used from 2012 onwards. The second stage is to estimate average household size by dividing the private household population by the mid-year household estimate. For full details of the methods used see the ‘Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland’ publications on the [National Records of Scotland (NRS) website](https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/households/household-estimates). xsd:string
Graph http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#graph
http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/average-household-size
Has a SPARQL endpoint at void:sparqlEndpoint http://rdfs.org/ns/void#sparqlEndpoint
http://statistics.gov.scot/sparql
http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#nextUpdateDue http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#nextUpdateDue
May 2020 xsd:string
In folder http://publishmydata.com/def/ontology/folder/inFolder
Housing http://statistics.gov.scot/def/concept/folders/themes/housing
National Records of Scotland http://statistics.gov.scot/def/concept/folders/organisations/national-records-of-scotland
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Average Household Size xsd:string
License dcterms:license http://purl.org/dc/terms/license
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/
Publisher dcterms:publisher http://purl.org/dc/terms/publisher
Scottish Government http://statistics.gov.scot/id/organisation/scottish-government
Quality Management http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/quality-management
Estimates are compared with earlier years’ data to identify any potential issues. Household estimates and population estimates also go through their own quality assurance processes which are described in the ‘Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland’ and ‘Mid-Year Population Estimates’ publications on the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website. xsd:string
References dcterms:references http://purl.org/dc/terms/references
http://statistics.gov.scot/help http://statistics.gov.scot/help
Relevance http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/relevance
The statistics are mainly used for informing Councils’ decisions about housing need and service provision. xsd:string
Revisions http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/revisions
When the 2018 data was uploaded a small revision was made to the 2017 value for Aberdeen City. This revision was to account for a more accurate household estimate that takes into account the increased number of student halls in the region When the 2017 was uploaded a revision was made to values from 2012-2016 to reflect more accurate information about student accommodations. The change is small and only changes the values for City of Edinburgh, Glasgow City and Scotland Revisions were made to the household estimates for Shetland Islands (2007-2014), City of Edinburgh (2014) and West Lothian (2013-2014). For full details see the ‘Estimates of households and dwellings in Scotland, 2015’ publication on the NRS website. Revisions were also made to the mid-year population estimates for 2012, 2013 and 2014. For full details see the ‘Mid-2015 population estimates Scotland and corrected population estimates for mid-2012, mid-2013 and mid-2014’ publication on the NRS website. Revisions and corrections to previously published estimates are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections - a copy of which is available on the Scottish Government website. xsd:string
Theme dcat:theme http://www.w3.org/ns/dcat#theme
Housing http://statistics.gov.scot/def/concept/folders/themes/housing
National Records of Scotland http://statistics.gov.scot/def/concept/folders/organisations/national-records-of-scotland
Timeliness and Punctuality http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/timeliness-and-punctuality
Data is received from Council Tax billing systems on the first Monday of September each year and published the following summer. xsd:string
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Average Household Size xsd:string
Type rdf:type http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#type
Data set http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#DataSet
Dataset http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#Dataset
http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#LinkedDataset
In Graph http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/average-household-size
Structure qb:structure http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#structure
http://statistics.gov.scot/data/structure/average-household-size http://statistics.gov.scot/data/structure/average-household-size
Type rdf:type http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#type
Data set http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#DataSet
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