Housing Statistics (persons per room) from the 1951 Scottish Census.

Table ID:
HOUS_1951_S     (6565442)
Housing Statistics (persons per room) from the 1951 Scottish Census.
Approx. number of rows:
Table type:
Raw Data
Documentation Author:
Paula Aucott
The data cover the period 1881 to 1911.


  1. This table is a partial transcription of table 21 ('Houses: Population by Number Enumerated per Room') in the individual county reports of the 1951 Census for Scotland.


  1. It includes national total data for Scotland transcribed from Table 56 in vol. III of Scottish census reports, "Households: Density of Occupation in Counties, Cities, Large Burghs. Aggregates of Small Burghs and Landward Areas".
  2. These data were entered by Harold Price in Portsmouth in Spring 2016.
  3. A partial transciption of these tables were entered to give as accurate a match as possible to the England and Wales data. All columns containing counts of people were entered, those containing percentages were not.
  4. The data covers Cities, Wards, Counties, Burghs and Districts of County, and certain aggregates as indicated by area_type:
    • Nation (1 area): i.e. Scottish national total.
    • City (4 areas): Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
    • Ward (84 areas): Sub-divisions of the four cities.
    • County (33 areas): Includes data for all burghs, whether or not separately listed, but not data for Cities.
    • Large Burgh (29 areas): These match those listed in the 1951 Industry Table.
    • Small Burgh (201 areas).
    • District of County (199 areas).
    • Landward (33 areas).
    • Aggregates (14 areas) giving totals for Large Burghs and Small Burghs where they are differentiated.
  5. Note given on the table '"2-3" means "More than 2 but not more than 3" and "3-4" means "more than 3 but not more than 4"'.
  6. The rows giving totals for the 4 cities have been duplicated and added to the table again as data for the burghs of the same name. This is to ensure consistency in the mapping on A Vision of Britain through Time. Please ignore these rows for all other purposes.


  1. The data was checked in excel to ensure the population in private houses figure given matched the combined total of all columns counting persons living (per room).
  2. The geographical units have been cross-checked against the GBHGIS administrative unit gazetteer to ensure that all units are correctly identified. The unit names and types have been standardised. Each unit has a unique unit ID assigned to it and this can be used to cross-reference against other data-sets. Only the rows which are totals have not been assigned g_unit values
  3. The totals for individual large and small burghs within a county have not yet been summed and compared to the total given per county as yet.


IndexTypeColumn(s) indexed
hous_1951_s_pkey Primary key rec_num
hous_1951_s_idx_name Unique area_name, area_type, sco_cnty, pop_hous


The table has the following associated constraints:

hous_1951_s_pkey Primary Key See details above for primary key index

Columns within table:

rec_num Integer number. Unique number identifying row in table.
sco_cnty Text string (max.len.=44). Name of Scottish County unit containing the district as it appeared in the original report.
area_name Text string (max.len.=64). Name of Scottish District unit as it appeared in the original report, i.e. lower case.
area_type Text string (max.len.=24). Type of area.
cnty_unit Integer number. ID for county containing the unit, from the AUO.
g_unit Integer number. Unique ID number for the unit from the AUO.
pop_hous Integer number. Total persons living in private houses.
p_u_2 Integer number. Total persons living (per room) at not more than 2.
p2_3 Integer number. Total persons living (per room) at more than 2 but not more than 3.
p3_4 Integer number. Total persons living (per room) at more than 3 but not more than 4.
p4_up Integer number. Total persons living (per room) at more than 4.