Household numbers continue to rise
The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase. There were 2.42 million households in 2014, an increase of 0.8 per cent since 2013, according to figures published on Wednesday 15 July by National Records of Scotland (NRS) in 'Estimates of Households and Dwellings in Scotland, 2014'
Almost all council areas saw an increase in household numbers between 2013 and 2014. However Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire and Eilean Siar saw slight reductions. The overall number of dwellings (including vacant properties and second homes) rose in all council areas in 2014 except West Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde. Both of these areas had carried out demolitions as part of regeneration projects.
In Scotland as a whole, 2.9 per cent dwellings were vacant and 1.1 per were second homes, with the latter concentrated in more rural areas.