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Summary: Ethnicity and Rural and Environment

rural communitySummary: Ethnicity and Rural and Environment

  • In 2011, households where the Household Reference Person (HRP) was from a minority ethnic group were more likely to be in urban areas in Scotland.
  • The vast majority of 'African' households were in large urban areas (85 per cent) compared to only 40 per cent of all households.
  • 'White: Scottish', 'White: Gypsy/Traveller' and 'White: Other British' had relatively high proportions of households in rural areas.

Chart showing ethnic group by urban rural classification in Scotland 2011

Source: Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census (2014)


  • 0.8% of the population in rural areas were from an ethnic minority background compared with 4% of the population in urban areas.

Source: Annual Population Survey Jan-Dec 2010


Useful Links

Ethnicity Page

Rural and Environment Page

Publications and Outputs



The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data.

Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

External Links

External Links

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Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Natural Heritage

Special Study on Rural Poverty (SAC, 2008)

Statistics in more details


Rural and Environment