2022 Scottish Household Survey results: a deep dive

Ewa, our Information and Data Monitoring Officer, offers valuable insight into the key findings of the 2022 Scottish Household survey, and how they positively influence our work to get communities moving more.

Participation in regular physical activity is on the rise

There are several sources of data that we use throughout our policy and project work, here at Paths for All, and the end of last year saw the release of one of the key publications – the 2022 results for the Scottish Household Survey.

The Scottish Household survey collects information about a range of topics, including transport, communities, the environment and housing conditions on an annual basis. The 2022 release takes a closer look at the social aspects of the survey, and is compiled using 10,553 interviews.

Note: the methods used to carry out the 2020 and 2021 Scottish Household Survey was changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and results from those years were published as Experimental Statistics. This should be taken into account when comparing trends. 2022 saw a return to traditional methods of data collection, and so results from this year are best compared with those from 2019.

In the interactive visualisation tool below, we summarise the key findings and results from the 2022 survey. You can navigate between each of the seven panels using the arrows in the top left of the tool.


It’s positive news that there has been an increase in recreational walking. Opportunities exist to address the differences and barriers that exist in participation rates across various gender, age, and deprivation groups, and to grow the numbers of people choosing to walk for everyday purposes, including to work and to school.

This is where we’ll continue focusing our efforts as an organisation.

You can view the Scottish Household Survey 2022: Key Findings document here.