Theme : Housing

Themes are used in the Vision of Britain system to organise all our statistical data into a small number of broad categories, often identified by icons on the web site.

Theme (T)
The first census to report on how well people were housed was that of 1891, but the only statistics gathered were on the number of rooms and the number of people in each household. Note that in 1931 and 1951 the least crowded category reported on by the Scottish census was "Under 2 persons per room", while from 1971 onwards the most crowded category reported on anywhere was "Over 1.5 persons per room, so it is not possible to present exactly the same measure for all years and areas. From 1951 onwards, more questions were asked about 'amenities', meaning specific facilities that households either possessed or had shared access to, and from 1961 data were gathered on tenure: whether households owned or rented their homes.

One interesting measure of progress is the change in the amenities covered by the census. In 1951, these were piped water, a cooking stove, a kitchen sink, a 'water closet' meaning a flush toilet, and a 'fixed bath', as distinct from a tin bath hung on the wall between uses. By 2011, the only "amenity" recorded was central heating, so direct comparisons over the whole period from 1951 to 2011 are impossible, other than looking at what proportion of all households had "all amenities", i.e. all of whatever amenities were listed for each census. Our density data are counts of persons in households, while our amenity data are counts of households.

Theme " Housing " is contained within:

The Database, which everything else is contained within:

Entity ID Entity Name
DB VoB Database

Theme " Housing " contains:

Rates, for mapping and for comparing areas :

Entity ID Entity Name
R_HOUS_CON Houses under Construction as Percentage of All Houses
R_HOUS_DENSITY_GEN % of Persons in Households with over 1.5 person per room
R_HOUS_DENSITY_GEN_HIGH % of Persons in Households with over 3 person per room
R_HOUS_AMENITY_GEN_excl_bath % of Households with sole use of a bath or shower
R_HOUS_AMENITY_GEN_excl_wc % of Households with sole use of a WC
R_HOUS_AMENITY_GEN_cen_heat % of Households with Central Heating
R_HOUS_AMENITY_GEN_all_amen % of Households with All Amenities
R_HOUS_OWNEROCC % Owner-Occupier
R_HOUS_RENT_COUNCIL % Council Housing

Datasets or nCubes, containing the actual data :

Entity ID Entity Name
N_HOUS_DENSITY_TOT Total for Housing Density Data
N_ROOMS Total Rooms
N_HOUS_TENURE_TOT Total Households (Tenure)
N_HOUSEHOLDS Total Households
N_HOUS_DENSITY_GEN_HIGH Housing Density (Scottish categories)
N_HOUS_DENSITY_GEN Housing Density (Generalised)
N_HOUS_ALL_AMENITY Housing Amenities
N_HOUS_HAVE_BATH Exclusive use of a bath
N_HOUS_HAVE_WC Exclusive use of a W.C.
N_HOUS_CENTRAL_HEAT Having Central Heating
N_HOUS_TENURE_GEN Housing Tenure
N_HOUSES Total Houses
N_PREV_HOUSE_OCCUPANCY_10YRS House Occupancy 10 years earlier
N_PREV_HOUSE_OCCUPANCY_20YRS House Occupancy 20 years earlier
N_HHOLD_SIZE_15UP Persons (1-15up) per Room (1-10up)
N_HOUS_ROOMS_10UP Persons (1-15up) per Room (1-10up)
N_HOUS_DENS_XTAB_R10_P15 Persons (1-15up) per Room (1-10up)

Variables, defining what data was gathered for :

Entity ID Entity Name
V_HOUSES Total Houses
V_HOUSE_OCCUPANCY Housing Occupancy
V_ROOMS Total Rooms
V_HOUSEHOLDS Total Households
V_HOUS_DENSITY_GEN Persons per Room
V_HOUS_DENSITY_TOT Total persons in Housing Density Counts
V_HHOLD_SIZE_15UP Household Size (1-15up)
V_HHOLD_ROOMS_10UP Rooms per Household (1-10up)
V_HOUS_ALL_AMENITY Housing Amenities
V_HOUS_HAVE_BATH Having exclusive use of Bath/Shower
V_HOUS_HAVE_WC Having exclusive use of W.C.
V_HOUS_CENTRAL_HEAT Having Central Heating
V_HOUS_TENURE_TOT Total Households (Tenure)
V_HOUS_TENURE_GEN Housing Tenure