August 31, 2005
Scots living solo
published today in the Herald reports that
More people in Scotland are living on
their own than ever before, new figures revealed yesterday.
Although the population is falling, the
total number of households is continuing its steady increase, and has
now risen by 10% since 1991.
The figures emerged when Duncan MacNiven,
the registrar general for Scotland, issued figures on the estimated
number of households. In June last year, Scotland had 2.25 million
households, 21,000 more than the previous year and 203,000 more than in
MacNiven said: "Although Scotland's
population has fallen slightly since 1991, the number of households is
increasing because the average household size is getting smaller."
In the 1991 census, the proportion of
one-adult households was 29%, but this has now risen to 34%.
Nick Bailey, of Glasgow University's
department of urban studies, was not surprised that the figures showed a
rise in solo living.
He said: "This is part of a long-standing
trend which has seen the average size of households fall consistently
for many decades.
"More elderly single people, rising
levels of divorce and separation, and growing income levels for some
mean more people are living on their own, and it is not likely that any
of these things will change in the near future."
The results showed that Edinburgh,
Glasgow, and Aberdeen have higher rates than the country as a whole.