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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 (Published: March 2015)


Useful Links

Religion Page

Housing and Regeneration Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Specialist Provision Evidence Finder (July 2015) A resource collating policies, strategies, guides, statistics and research on the provision of specialist housing and housing-related services in Scotland.

Experiences of Muslims living in Scotland (2011) This is the final report of a study into the experiences of Muslims living in Scotland, with specific focus on experiences of discrimination and religious intolerance.

Social Tenants in Scotland 2016 (February 2018) A statistical compendium presenting an overview of social tenants and social rented housing. Covers age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Religion and Belief Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to religion



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish House Conditions Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish House Conditions Survey 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 - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

External Links

External Links

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External Research Organisations

Housing Support Enabling Unit - Provides information and research about housing support in Scotland

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Carries out research and analysis of poverty in Scotland and the UK

Scottish Women's Aid - Provides support, information and research about domestic abuse in Scotland

Shelter - Provides information and research about homelessness in Scotland



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Centre for Housing Market Analysis

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