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Household Formation in Scotland: What does it mean for housing policy?, 15/07/10 [S]

The Scottish Government has published a paper drawing together existing data on household formation change and also changes that are expected in the future in Scotland using General Registrar for Scotland (GROS) data.

Predicted trends for the future are:

  • Household numbers will increase. Between 2008 and 2033, the number of households is projected to increase by 21 per cent to 2.8 million - an average of 19,250 additional households per year. Scotland's population is only expected to increase by 7 per cent in the same period.
  • Households will get smaller with the average size projected to decrease from 2.18 people in 2008 to 1.93 in 2033. Numbers of larger households, containing two or more adults with children, are projected to decrease from 19 per cent of all households to 11 per cent in 2033.
  • One adult households will become increasingly common, increasing from 36 per cent of all households in 2008 to 45 per cent in 2033- a total of 1.25 million one adult households.
  • Increased dependency on parents especially for those in their mid-twenties to early thirties is a well-established pattern in the evidence. Young men are more likely to leave the parental home at a later stage than young women. Leaving home for any form of partnership formation (including cohabitation) is in decline.
For full details see Household Formation in Scotland: What does it mean for housing policy? which is available from the Scottish Government website.

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Household Formation in Scotland: What does it mean for housing policy?