Scottish cities

Low income households in selected Scottish cities 2021LISC21

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In 2021, 30% of households in Glasgow reported having a net income of less than £20,000 a year. This was higher than the rates in Aberdeen (22%%) or Edinburgh (25%), or than the Scottish average (27%), but lower than in Dundee (32%). An estimated 7% of households in Glasgow had an income of less than £10,000 - a higher proportion than in any of the other cities shown, or than the Scottish average of 6%. 

Looking at the lowest income households, 1% of households in Glasgow reported having less that £6,000 in household income in 2021. In Dundee, 4% of households reported having less than £6,000 in income. In Edinburgh, Aberdeen the figures was 2% - equal to the Scottish average. 


The dates shown here mainly predate the cost of living crisis, and so it is not yet known what impact that will have had on people's responses to this survey question.

SHS income figures are based on the income of the highest income householder and their spouse or partner only. In other words, they do not count other adults that may reside in the household.

These data come from the Scottish Household Survey. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant a change in methods for the survey, and the results for 2021 are therefore not comparable with previous years. More details on these changes can be found on the SHS site.

This page was updated in June 2023 and will be updated again when the next round of data is available.

Additional Resources

  • Resource
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    SIMD Analysis: Future Projections

    An analysis of the reasons behind the recent decline of deprivation in Glasgow, with tend projections towards 2015.
  • Resource
    Sunday, 1 November 2009

    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.
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