SCOTLAND

Dissatisfaction with local area

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • The two most common reasons for people disliking their neighbourhood are ‘young people hanging about / nothing for young people to do’ and vandalism/graffiti.
  • Even though these are the two most common reasons for disliking the neighbourhood, the proportions are still only a small minority: 15% for ‘young people hanging about / nothing for young people to do’ and 7% for vandalism/graffiti.
  • People living in deprived areas are much more likely to dislike their neighbourhood because of young people ‘hanging around’ or vandalism than those living in other areas.
  • Similarly, people in urban areas are more likely to dislike their neighbourhood because of either young people ‘hanging around’ or vandalism than those in other areas, and those living in social housing more likely than owner occupiers.
  • By contrast, the differences by level of income and by social class are much less.

Definitions and data sources

All five graphs show the proportion of people who dislike their neighbourhood because either vandalism or young people hanging around / nothing for young people to do.  The two reasons for disliking the area highlighted in the graph were selected from a wider list, and were chosen on the basis of popularity (they were the top two reasons).

In the first graph, the data is broken down by the type of area using a six category urban-rural hierarchy stretching from the four cities at one end to remote rural areas at the other.  The definitions are: ‘the four cities’: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen; ‘other urban’: population between 10,000 and 125,000; ‘small accessible’: population between 3,000 to 10,000 and within 30 minutes drive of a settlement of more than 10,000; ‘small remote’: population between 3,000 to 10,000 and more than 30 minutes drive of a settlement of more than 10,000; ‘accessible rural’: population less than 3,000 and within 30 minutes drive of a settlement of more than 10,000; and ‘remote rural’: population less than 3,000 and more than 30 minutes drive of a settlement of more than 10,000.

In the second graph, the data is broken down by the level of deprivation of the area, using the 2006 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

In the third graph, the data is broken down by net income quintile.  Note that these incomes are the net income of the highest income earner in the household and partner (if applicable).  As such, they are not directly comparable with other surveys and single person households will be disproportionately represented in the poorest quintile.

In the fourth graph, the data is broken down by housing tenure.

In the fifth graph, the data is broken down by social class (omitting those whose social class is not known, which is around a third of them).

The data source for all the graphs is the Scottish Household Survey (SHS).  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: limited.  Although the SHS is a large and representative survey, the multiple choice nature of the questions asked limits the value of the results.