We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site

Statistics in more details

Housing & Regeneration montageSummary: Gender and Housing and Regeneration

  • 57% of main tenants taking up new lets in Housing Association homes in 2012/13 were women and 43% were men. The overall population of Scotland aged 16 and over is 52% women and 48% men.

Source: SCORE 2013-14National Records of Scotland Mid-2015 Population Estimates  Scotland


  • Women are slightly more likely to rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live than men: 58 per cent  compared to 55 per cent.

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2015.


  • Women are more likely to be long stay residents in care homes than men. In 2016 68% were women whilst 32% were men.

Source: Care Home Census , 2016.


  • Males were the main applicant in 54% of cases assessed as homeless or potentially homeless in 2016/17. Females were the main applicant in 46% of cases.

Source:  HL1 Dataset as at 23 May 2017


  • Single women aged 16-17 are more likely to submit a homelessness application than single men of the same age. In 2014-15 809 applications were received from single women aged 16 or 17, whilst 653 were received from single men of this age.

Source: Annual Homelessness Statistics 2014-15


 Useful Links

Gender Page

Housing and Regeneration Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

This review provides some secondary analysis of relevant homelessness and housing statistics to provide a more in-depth overview of the scale of domestic abuse as a contributory factor to homelessness in Scotland.

As part of wider Scottish Government review on the Private Rented Sector, this report looks at the views and experiences of tenants in the sector in Scotland.

This research provides a review of statistics on gender differences and inequalities in Scotland across a range of key areas of social and economic life.  Chapter nine focuses on housing.



  • Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.
  • SCORE microdata are available on request from the Scottish Government subject to data users signing a data access agreement. 


Future Developments

Future Developments

2011 Census results.  The 2011 Census included a range of housing questions on house type, tenure, size, occupancy and type of landlord.   Data users will be able to analyse these findings by age, gender, ethnicity, religion and disability or by any other of the Census variables they are interested in.  A new and more detailed ethnicity question was included on the Census and should allow more detailed data analysis for ethnic group.  The first Census findings are due to be released by the National Records Office in stages throughout 2013/14.

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

Scottish Women's Aid

  • A range of publications and research about housing issues facing victims of domestic abuse can be found on Scottish Women's Aid website.

Local Authorities and Plannign Authorities

  • Local Authority level information on the housing needs of groups including families, older people, households with specific needs, and minority and hard to reach groups should be evidenced in Housing Need and Demand Assessments (HNDAs).  These are produced by Local and Planning Authorities and are available on their websites.   



Housing and Regeneration



Centre for Housing Market Analysis

Communities Analytical Services

Scottish Government

1F North

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ


We welcome any comments on both the format and content of the website, including any problems you may encounter.