Households

2011 Census Results

The final estimated figure for the number of households with usual residents was 12,576, an 11.5% increase since 2001. The Outer Hebrides has the highest percentage of detached properties at 66%. The Outer Hebrides also had the highest percentage of households with one person aged 65 and over living alone at 17% (2,000).

The Outer Hebrides had the highest percentage of houses which are owned outright at 46.9%, while 26.1% were owned with a mortgage or loan. 17.6% were living in “other social rented” while 6.8% were living in “private rented” and 2.5% were living rent free.

There were 366 people in communal establishments in the Outer Hebrides. Of these 56.8% are in care homes, 11.2% are in other medical or care establishments. 8.2% are in educational establishments and 20.5% are in hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, youth hostels & holiday accommodation.

The Outer Hebrides has the highest number of rooms per person at 2.6, while the Scottish average is 2.3 rooms per person. This has increased from 2.4 in 2001 and is part of a long term trend as all council areas have had an increase in the number of rooms per person between 2001 and 2011.

In the Outer Hebrides 44.7% had access to 1 car or van while 24.9% had access to 2 cars or vans and 7.6% had access to 3 or more. 22.8% of households had no cars or vans. The number of households with access to one or more cars or vans has increased from 70.2% in 2001 to 77.2% in 2011. Nationally this has increased from 65.8% in 2001 to 69.5% in 2011.

Components of Household Change

Outer Hebrides 1981 to 2041

Year

1981

1991

2001

2011

2041

Number of households

9970

10970

11283

12,576

12,186

Single person households

2140

3144

3782

4,680

5707

Average household size

3.08

2.65

2.32

2.17

1.86

Source:National Records of Scotland (NRS)

 

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Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Average number of persons per household

 

2

 

2

Average number of cars or vans per household

 

1

 

1

 

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Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Total number of Households (with residents)

100.00% 12,576 100.0% 2,372,777
1 person 37.20% 4,679 34.7% 823,314
2 people 32.20% 4,051 34.0% 807,658
3 people 14.60% 1,841 15.1% 357,491
4 people 10.20% 1,280 11.5% 272,329
5 people 4.20% 522 3.7% 86,722
6 or more people 1.60% 203 1.1% 25,263

 

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Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Total number of Households (with residents)

100.00% 12,576 100.0% 2,372,777
Owned 73.10% 9,191 62.0% 1,470,986
Rented from Council     13.2% 312,745
Other Social Rented 17.60% 2,212 11.1% 263,674
Private Rented 6.80% 858 12.4% 294,892
Living Rent Free 2.50% 315 1.3% 30,480

 

Accommodation : Car or van availability
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Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Total number of Households (with residents)

100.00% 12,576 100.0% 2,372,777
No car or van 22.80% 2,871 30.5% 724,144
1 car or van 44.70% 5,621 42.2% 1,002,344
2 cars or vans 24.90% 3,127 21.6% 512,836
3 or more cars or vans 7.60% 957 5.6% 133,453

Source:National Records of Scotland (NRS) - 2011 Census Results

 


Figure 1: Household Type Percentages

Figure 1: Household Types as Percentage of All Occupied Households in The Outer Hebrides in 2011

Source:National Records of Scotland


As can be seen from the graph above one person households are the most common household type in the Outer Hebrides while only 5.8% of households contain 5 or more people

  • Along with all council areas between 2001 and 2011 the number of households in the Outer Hebrides has increased faster than the number of people in households. As a result of this, the average household size decreased in all council areas and has decreased from 2.32 to 2.17 in the Outer Hebrides
  • This is following the trend in Scotland as a whole which has seen a decrease of 2.27 in 2001 to 2.19 in 2011
  • In Scotland one person households have increased from 14% in 1961 to 35% in 2011, thus changing from being the least common household type in 1961 to becoming the most common household type in 2011

Household Estimates

Key findings from the 2020 Household Estimates for the Outer Hebrides were:

  • The 2020 Household Estimates identified an increase of 16 households (0.1%) from 2019 to 2020; while the Scottish average was a 0.5% increase.
  • In the long term the 2020 Household Estimates identified an increase of 492 households (4.0%) from 2010 to 2020, less than the national trend (6.0%).
  • Of all 32 Scottish Local Authorities areas, the Outer Hebrides is estimated to have: the highest % of vacant dwellings at 8.1% (nat avg 3.4%); second highest percentage of long term empty properties at 4.3%, Shetland have the highest at 5.2% (nat avg 1.8%), the second highest % of second homes at 5.3%, Argyll & Bute have the highest at 6.5% (nat avg 0.9%), highest proportion of unoccupied exemptions at 3.8% (nat avg 1.6%);
  • The average household size in the Outer Hebrides has decreased from 2.05 in 2019 to 2.04 in 2020, and over the ten year period 2010 to 2020, had the largest decrease (-7.7%) in Scotland.

Household Projections

Using the 2018 based household projections we can see that there is estimated to be a 2% decrease in the number of households in the Outer Hebrides from 12,773 in 2018 to 12,478 in 2028. The projected decrease can largely be attributed to the decrease in population; the average household size in the Outer Hebrides is projected to decrease from 2.07 in 2018 to 1.99 in 2028 (-4%). Changes in household type between 2018 and 2028 are projected to occur as follows:

  • 2% increase in ‘one adult’ households;
  • 1% decrease in ‘two adult’ households;
  • 8% decrease in ‘three or more adults and no children’ households
  • 8% decrease in ‘one adult plus one or more children’ households,
  • a 10% decrease in households containing ‘two or more adults plus one or more children’

House Condition

For detailed condition information and full survey results go to the Scottish House Condition Survey (Opens in a new window or downloads a file). This survey looks at issues such as fuel poverty, heating and tolerable standards for housing conditions throughout Scotland.

The 2017-19 results show that the Outer Hebrides had the highest levels of fuel poverty (where a household requires more than 10% of income for domestic fuel) and the highest levels of extreme fuel poverty (where household requires more than 20% of income). Some key findings for the Outer Hebrides for 2017-2019:

  • Highest level of fuel poverty at 40%, Scot. Avg. 24%
  • Highest level of extreme fuel poverty at 24%, Scot. Avg. 12%
  • Highest percentage of older households in fuel poverty at 52%, Scot. Avg. 27%
  • Highest percentage of fuel poor owner-occupied households at 33%, Scot.avg. 16%
  • Highest level of extreme fuel poor owner-occupied households at 21%, Scot.avg. 9%

Housing Market

The Centre for Housing Market Analysis (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) ( CHMA), part of  the Scottish Government's Communities Analytical Services Division provides information on house transactions and house prices