Adult lifestage (alternative adult definition) by Age by Household type by Sex (Wards and Electoral Divisions in Scotland) 2011

Dataset population: Persons in households

Adult lifestage

Adults aged between 16 and 54 are classified by age, by the presence of dependent children in the household, and (in some instances) by the age of the youngest dependent child.

Adults aged 55 and over are classified by age, whether they are in one or two-person households, and (in some instances) by the presence of dependent children.

Adult lifestage uses the alternative definition of an adult (anyone aged 16 and over). This definition is different from the standard definition for adults, children and dependent children used in most census results.


Age is derived from the date of birth question and is a person's age at their last birthday, at 27 March 2011. Dates of birth that imply an age over 115 are treated as invalid and the person's age is imputed. Infants less than one year old are classified as 0 years of age.

Household type

Household type classifies households in an alternative way to the household composition classification that is used in most standard census results.

A household is classified by the type of family present, but households with more than one family are categorised in the priority order:

  • Married couple family
  • Same-sex civil partnership couple family
  • Cohabiting couple family
  • Lone parent family

Within a family type, a family with dependent children takes priority.

This means that in tables that use this classification the alternative definitions of married couple household, same-sex civil partnership couple household, cohabiting couple household and lone parent household are applicable.


The classification of a person as either male or female.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Last Updated September 20, 2022, 17:10 (BST)
Created September 20, 2022, 16:49 (BST)
Visibility Public
Year 2011
Topics Accommodation and housing
Units Persons
Geographic Layer Census Electoral Divisions
Census Wards
Council Areas
Frequency Decennial
Citation Office for National Statistics; National Records of Scotland; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; UK Data Service. DOI:
Geographical Coverage Location Scotland
Granularity Country level down to Wards and Electoral Divisions
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