A variety of statistical tables are available on this topic and these can be accessed via the Census Data Explorer.

Information on Health is derived from questions relating to caring (Q9), general health (Q19),  health conditions (Q20) and impact on day to day activities (Q21) on the 2011 Census questionnaire.

Some interesting points about Health in Scotland are provided below.

Good Health

The majority of the population 82% stated their health was good or very good. This ranged across the country from 77% in Glasgow City to 87% in Aberdeenshire.

5% of all people living in households reported their general health as being ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’. However, this proportion was higher for those in social rented accommodation (12%) than for those who owned their property or were in private rented accommodation (both 4%).

The profile of general health reported in the census was broadly similar for males and females, though males in the 25-49 and 75+ age groups reported better health on average than females

Activity Limiting

1 in 5 of Scotland’s population reported that their day to day activities were limited by a long-term health problem or disability.  Half of the affected people said their activities were limited a lot.

Two of the most common health problems were ‘deafness or partial hearing loss’  which affects 7% of us, and ‘physical disability’ which also affected 7% of the population.  (351,000  and 355,000 people respectively)

The proportion of people in households who lived in social rented accommodation was higher for those with one or more long-term health conditions (30%) than for those with no such condition (18%). This proportion was highest for people with a learning disability (52%) and with a mental health condition (50%).

Unpaid Care

500,000 people,  9% of people provided unpaid care to family members or friends.  44% of these people (219,000) provided 20 or more hours of care a week.

Hours of Unpaid Care

44% (219,000) of these unpaid care givers provided 20 or more hours a week of care a week, a 7% increase since 2001.

Of the total population of people who provided a high number of hours (35 or more) unpaid care per week, 34% (59,000) were retired, 31% (52,000) were employees, and 16% (28,000) were looking after their home or family.