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Rural Areas - Rural Access to Services

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: October 2018

Rural Access to Services

The chart below shows that only rural areas of Scotland are not within a 15 minute drive time to key services. For example 91% of people in remote rural areas and 99% of people in accessible rural areas live within a 15 minute drive time to a GP compared to 100% of the population in the rest of Scotland.

The greatest difference observed in drive time is to the nearest secondary school. In remote rural areas, 59% people live within a 15 minute drive time to a secondary school, compared to 90% of people in accessible rural areas and 100% of people in the rest of Scotland.

There is also a noticeable difference in observed drive time to the nearest shopping centre in rural Scotland compared to the rest of Scotland. While 100% of people in the rest of Scotland live within a 15 minute drive time to a shopping centre, only 70% of people in remote rural areas do. This rises to 92% in accessible rural areas.

Percentage of population within 15 minute drive time to service by geographic area, 2016

RSKF 2018 - Access to Services

Source: Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016

(Using Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2016)

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