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Results for Administrative Areas

Results for Administrative Areas

4.1 Population Change 2004-2005

4.1.1 Population estimates for each Council and NHS Board area, together with details of the components of population change (births, deaths, net migration and other changes) for the period mid-2004 to mid-2005, are shown in Table 2, Table 3 and Table 4.

4.1.2 Amongst the Council areas, Highland and Falkirk had the largest percentage increases at 1.1 per cent, closely followed by Edinburgh City at 0.9 per cent. East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire experienced the largest percentage decreases at 0.6 per cent, followed by Midlothian with a percentage decrease of 0.5 per cent.

4.1.3 Of Council areas which had been decreasing: Dundee City’s population increased for the first time since mid-1995, and both Eilean Siar and Glasgow City increased for two years in a row.

4.1.4 Of the NHS Board areas, Highland (+1.1 per cent), Forth Valley (+0.9 per cent), Lothian (+0.6 per cent) and Fife (+0.6 per cent) had the largest percentage increases. The only two NHS Board areas with percentage decreases were Argyll & Clyde (-0.4 per cent) and Ayrshire and Arran (-0.2 per cent).

4.2 Population Change 1995-2005

4.2.1 Details of population changes between 1995 and 2005 for administrative areas are shown in Table 6. These changes are illustrated for Council areas in the map at Figure 5a and the chart at Figure 5b which both show the percentage change in the population of Council areas between 1995 and 2005.

4.2.2 Eilean Siar (-8.5 per cent), Inverclyde (-7.3 per cent), Inverclyde (-7.3 per cent) Dundee City (-6.6 per cent) and Aberdeen City (-6.4 per cent) show the greatest percentage decreases for Council areas. The largest absolute reduction in numbers was for Glasgow City (-25,290). West Lothian (+10.1 per cent), East Lothian (+6.0 per cent) and Stirling (+5.5 per cent) show the greatest percentage increases. 

4.2.3 The map at Figure 6a and the chart at Figure 6b show the percentage change in population between 1995 and 2005 for each NHS Board area. The greatest percentage decrease in population occurred in the Western Isles (-8.5 per cent), Shetland (-4.2 per cent) and Argyll & Clyde (-3.9 per cent). The largest percentage increases were in Lothian (+4.6 per cent), Forth Valley (+3.9 per cent) and Borders (+3.6 per cent).

4.2.5 It is planned to produce more analysis about the impact of migration and natural change on the size and structure of the population in the Registrar General’s Annual Review, due to be published in July 2006.

4.3 Sex and Age Structure of Administrative Areas in Scotland

4.3.1 There are more females than males in Scotland in mid-2005 and this is the case for all Council areas except Moray and the Shetland Islands. This is shown in Table 7, where the 'sex ratio' (the male population divided by the female population) is greater than one.

4.3.2 Though the pattern of age distribution is complex, some general themes can be seen from Table 7. The major cities have the highest proportions of males and females of working age, for example, in Edinburgh City 71 per cent of males and 64 per cent of females are of working age and in Glasgow City there are similar results (70 per cent of males and 62 per cent of females). The highest proportions of people of pensionable age tend to be found in more rural areas such as Dumfries & Galloway (males 18 per cent; females 29 per cent) and Eilean Siar (males 17 per cent; females 30 per cent).

4.3.3 These patterns can also be seen in Figure 7 and Figure 8 which show the proportion of the population under 16, aged 16-64 and 65 and over for Council and NHS Boards respectively.

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