Community satisfaction levels, Scotland

A STRONG sense of belonging to one’s local community is one of the findings of the latest statistical survey of Scottish households.

Begins a media release issued by the Scottish Government to accompany the latest Scottish Household Survey: “Concern about the environment has continued to grow, particularly among young people – the survey found that last year 69 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds agreed climate change was an immediate and urgent problem, up from 38 per cent in 2013.

“Meanwhile, more people were online than ever before, including older people, with 66 per cent of over-60s now using the internet. However, the most common cultural activity was reading, with 62 per cent of adults having read in the year before the survey was undertaken.”

The survey found that:

  • 94 per cent of adults said their neighbourhood was a ‘good’ or ‘fairly good’ place to live, while 78 per cent said they felt a strong sense of belonging there;
  • satisfaction with local schools rose to 73 per cent from 71 per cent in 2018, while satisfaction with public transport increased from 65 per cent to 68 per cent;
  • 86 per cent of adults agreed that it was important for Scotland’s heritage to be well looked after, with 69 per cent agreeing that the heritage of their local area was already well cared for; and
  • 90 per cent were ‘culturally engaged’, either by attending or visiting a cultural event or place, or by participating in a cultural activity.

Source: Scottish Government, September 15 2020, here

Pictured: Culross, Fife

Picture credit: PlaceDesignScotland