Census suggests that life in Falkirk is fairly average

A higher percentage of people in Falkirk own their own home than the Scottish average
A higher percentage of people in Falkirk own their own home than the Scottish average

The average house in the Falkirk district contains five rooms and is home to two people who own one car.

Falkirk Bairns are also more likely to own where they stay and live with someone else.

That’s according to the latest results to be published from Scotland’s Census, a nationwide survey of every man, woman and child undertaken in 2011.

Housing and accomodation was the focus of this round of results, with the Falkirk Council area largely in line with national averages.

A total of 31.7 per cent of households in the district have a sole occupant, compared to 34.7 per cent nationally, while 35.1 per cent of Falkirk homes have two people living in them, against 34 per cent as a whole.

Three person households account for 16.3 per cent of local residences, while 12.5 per cent of homes have four people.

Just 3.5 per cent of Falkirk homes have five residents, and only one per cent have six or more.

Bairns are also less likely to rent than the national average - with 64.7 per cent claiming they own their home, compared to 62 per cent nationally.

Council tenants made up 22.6 per cent of local households, with a further 4.4 per cent renting from another social landlord.

A significantly lower percentage of Falkirk residents rent their home from a private landlord - 7.3 per cent compared to 12.4 per cent nationally.

Bairns are also more likely to own at least one car, have gas central heating in their home and live in a semi-detached property.

2011 census offers a snapshot of Scottish life

Perhaps the biggest housing revelation of the 2011 census was that one person households are now the most common type in Scotland - accounting for 35 per cent of all households.

The proportion of households in Scotland renting their accommodation from a council or housing association has fallen by 12 per cent. The percentage of households living in the private rented sector has increased by 65 per cent.

Since 2001, the proportion of households owning their accommodation has stayed fairly constant at around 62 per cent, though more now own their property outright.

Sixty-nine per cent of households in Scotland had at least one car or van available for use in 2011 compared with 66 per cent in 2001.