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Population by Geographic Area, 2001-2007

In August 2008 the Scottish Government published the 2007-2008 Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification. This should be applied in general when analysing data for 2007 or 2008.

In November 2008 the General Register Office for Scotland published their 2007 mid-year small area population estimates.

The table below shows updated population estimates by geographic area using the updated classification and small area population estimates.

The key findings are that:

  • All areas (remote rural, accessible rural and the rest of Scotland) have increased in overall population from 2006. Accessible rural areas have shown the biggest proportional increase, increasing by 2% from mid-2006 population estimates.
  • The total population for Scotland has increased by 27,300 between 2006 and 2007: The population in remote rural, accessible rural and the rest of Scotland has increased by approximately 2,900; 11,800 and 12,600 respectively.
Population by Geographic Area, 2001-2007
200120062007

% change

2001-2007

% change

2006-2007

Remote Rural

319,043331,248334,1864.7%0.9%
Accessible Rural561,234596,417608,1708.4%2.0%
Rest of Scotland4,183,9234,189,2354,201,8440.4%0.3%
Total5,064,2005,116,9005,144,2001.6%0.5%

Source: General Register Office for Scotland, 2008 (2007 mid-year estimates based on data zones)
(All 2001, 2006 and 2007 figures are based on Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification, 2007-2008 so that we are comparing the same data zones)

Note: The figures for 2001 and 2006 differ slightly from those published previously in the Rural Scotland Key Facts 2008 due to the application of the updated version of the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification. These figures therefore compare the same data zones showing the change in population of these areas over time.