Record Proportion Happy With Local Area
The proportion of Scots who are happy with the community where they live has soared to its highest level in a decade.
A total of 93.6% rate their neighbourhood as a very or fairly good place to live and say that levels of anti-social behaviour are relatively low, according to the Scottish Household Survey. However, the figures for 2009 also show a stark difference between the quality of life for those in deprived areas of Scotland compared to people living in wealthy communities.
While just over three-quarters (77%) of people living in the richest communities said they were very happy with their neighbourhood, only one-quarter of those in the poorest areas said the same. The annual survey, which began in 1999, found that people living in deprived areas are also less likely to believe their neighbourhood is a pleasant or safe place to live and four in 10 people in those areas believe there is no sense of community.
Concern about anti-social behaviour appears to be falling and the survey showed people were more worried about litter than drug dealing. One-quarter said they believed waste on the streets was a common problem in their neighbourhood, although only 19% of people had actually seen any, while 12% were concerned about drug misuse.
Again, people living in the most deprived areas were more likely to worry about drug misuse or dealing, with 14% of people from the poorest communities saying they had actually seen people taking illegal substances or had been offered them.
Adults in rural Scotland are happiest with the place where they live and say they feel safe in their communities. They are also less likely to complain about problems with other residents, although they are much more likely to complain about poor public transport links.