Rural Scotland Key Facts 2015 has been published today. The publication brings together previously published statistics on a range of key policy areas, providing comparisons between remote rural areas, accessible rural areas and the rest of Scotland. The statistics provide a valuable evidence base on issues affecting rural Scotland.
The publication is grouped into three sections:
- People and Communities: Including data on population changes, age distributions, household composition, experience of crime and neighbourhood likes and dislikes.
- Services and Lifestyle: Including data on access to services, travel patterns, educational attainment, life expectancy, house prices, housing quality and rates of fuel poverty.
- Economy and Enterprise: Including data on employment and unemployment rates, industry size, earnings and patterns of work.
- Some examples of the results contained in the publication are provided below. Comparisons between rural areas (remote and accessible), and the rest of Scotland show that rural areas have:
- a population that is increasing faster than in the rest of Scotland and higher rates of in migration.
- higher rates of economically active people and more households where total income exceeds £20,000 per year.
- longer life expectancies, fewer emergency hospital admissions and fewer people who smoke.
- a higher proportion of people who volunteer in their community, rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live and feel they belong to their immediate neighbourhood.
Rural areas also have:
- more expensive housing stock and a higher rate of households in fuel poverty.
- a higher proportion of households spending over £100 a month on fuel for cars.
- fewer residents who find key services convenient and who are satisfied with the quality of public transport services delivered.
- fewer children who walk or cycle to school and fewer adults use public transport to travel to work or education.