Scotland: types of Scottish households in 2018

This statistic shows the distribution of household types in Scotland in 2018. The most common type of household was single adult with 22 percent of homes containing just one adult of working age and small adult (household with two adults of working age and no children) at 20 percent. Five percent of Scottish households were single parent households.

Household distribution in Scotland in 2018, by type

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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United Kingdom (Scotland)

Survey time period

2018

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Percentages not summing to 100 may be due to rounding.
The Scottish Household Survey uses eight household types, defined as follows:
1) Single adult: household containing one adult of working age and no children.
2) Single parent: household containing one adult of any age and one or more children.
3) Single older: household contains one adult aged 65 or over and no children.
4) Small family: household containing two adults of any age and one or more children.
5) Older smaller: household containing one adult of working age and one of pensionable age, or two adults of pensionable age and no children.
6) Large adult: household containing three or more adults.
7) Small adult: household containing two adults of working age, and no children.
8) Large family: household containing two adults of any age, and three or more children, or three or more adults of any age and one or more children.

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