Scottish household survey 2018: key findings

Key findings from the Scottish household survey 2018: annual report.


Climate Change



"National Indicator" - More than half of adults (59 per cent) visited the outdoors at least once a week in the last year, an increase from 52 per cent in 2017.

The 2018 figure is the highest observed since the start of data collection in 2012 (42 per cent). The annual increase of seven percentage points since 2017 is also the largest observed.


The gap between those living in the most and least deprived areas has increased over time due to a larger increase in those in the least deprived areas visiting the outdoors in recent years. 

The breakdown by area deprivation for 2012 is not included in the chart but the observed trend is the same.


"National Indicator" - Most adults (65 per cent) lived within a five minute walk of their nearest area of greenspace, a similar proportion to 2017 and 2016.

A smaller proportion of adults in the most deprived areas lived within a five minute walk of their nearest greenspace compared to adults in less deprived areas.




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