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  • People who live in the private rented sector are more likely than other tenures to identify as having ‘no religion’, 57% as well as than the population as a whole 47%.

Source: Scottish Survey Core Questions, 2015.


  • People who own-outright are more likely to identify as ‘Church of Scotland’ (42.4%) than the population as a whole (27.5%).

  • Single pensioner and older smaller households are the least likely of all household types to report having ‘no religion’: 24.3% and 28% respectively.

  • Adults living in urban areas (large and other) are the most likely of the urban/rural classifications to identify as ‘Roman Catholic’, and are more likely than the population as a whole.

Source: Scottish Survey Core Questions, 2015.


  • Over two-thirds (71%) of people in households in Scotland live in a house or bungalow. This compares to 78% of those responding Church of Scotland, 70% Sikh, 65% Roman Catholic, 50% of Buddists, 39% of Hindus, 51% of Muslims and 60% of people responding as Another Religion. This may be partly explained by the high proportion of Muslims and Hindus living in urban areas.
  • Of all religion groups, Sikhs and church of Scotland people are most likely to own their own home; over three quarters of those aged 16 and over in each group (76% and 74%, respectively).
  • Hindus are least likely to rent in the social sector, with only 9% renting from the Council, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and Housing Associations. People of Christian religions are most likely to rent in this sector: 76% of people from the Church of Scotland and 68% of Roman Catholics .

Source: Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census - Part 2 (2015)


Useful Links

Religion Page

Housing and Regeneration Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Views and experiences of tenants in the private rented sector in Scotland.  Review of the private rented sector volume 2.

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.



  • The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data and Scottish House Conditions Survey (SHCS) data.  Subject to small numbers and disclosure control, it is possible to request ad hoc analysis of any of the housing variables on the SHS and SHCS by age, gender, disability and ethnicity and also religion in the case of the SHS.  Data requests should be made to the SHS Mailbox or the SHCS Mailbox
  • Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

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 variable they are interested in.  A new and more detailed ethnicity question was included on the Census and should allow more detailed data analysis for this group.  The first Census findings are due to be released by the National Records Office in stages throughout 2013/14.

External Links

External Links

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Local Authorities and Planning 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.    



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