Population is oldest in Scotland – and falling fastest

The population of Argyll and Bute has seen the steepest fall of anywhere in Scotland, new figures reveal – and the area also has Scotland’s highest average age.

Scotland’s total population now stands at 5,313,600 – a record high – according to figures released by the General Register Office for Scotland.

But Argyll and Bute’s population fell by 2.2% between 2011 and 2012, well below the second biggest decline – Inverclyde, with 1%.

Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian saw the biggest population increase of 1.2%.

The median age in Argyll and Bute is 47, compared to 41 for Scotland as a whole. Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders and South Ayrshire have a median age of 46, with the cities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh the youngest on 36.

With an average of 13 people per square kilometre, Argyll and Bute also has a relatively low population density although the figure is just nine for Eilean Siar and Highland.

Unsurprisingly, Glasgow is the most densely populated area with 3,407 people per square kilometre.

Detailed figures for all areas are available here.

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