Population

Update February 2015

The population is estimated at around 770 and shows no significant change over the last five years. However 30.5% of the area’s residents are now over 65 compared to the previous figure of 24% and the Scottish average figure of 16.8%. This shows a stable but rapidly ageing population which has significant implications for healthcare, the local labour pool and the viability of the primary school. It may also have employment opportunity benefits in such as garden maintenance and care services.

February 2008

Table 1: Strachur District Population Trends

YEAR POPULATION YEAR POPULATION
1801 1097 1921 781
1811 1129 1931 686
1821 1204 1951 796
1831 1083 1961 1032
1841 1086 1991 816
1851 915 2001 824*
1901 734
1911 700
Source: Census 2001, Strachur District Profile 2002


Comment:
The 2001 census data were aggregated by post code areas to get the listed parish population figures. The whole of Loch Eck was included as being in Strachur whereas the parish boundary is at Whistlefield, half way down the loch.
*The figure of 824 for 2001 is therefore over estimated and should be about 774. This mistake would not have been made in the earlier censuses where the actual parish boundaries would have been used.

 

Table 2: Population by Key Age Groups for the Strachur District 

Age Male Female Both sexes For comparison %
Number % Number % Numer % Argyll & Bute Scotland
0-15 70 17.2 62 15.0 132 16.0 18.7 19.2
16-19 19 4.6 8 1.9 27 3.3 4.3 5.0
20-34 44 10.7 46 11.1 90 10.9 16.7 20.0
35-49 74 18.0 91 22.0 165 20.0 21.5 22.1
50-59 76 18.5 62 15.0 138 16.7 14.2 12.6
60-64 36 8.8 37 8.9 73 8.9 6.2 5.2
65-74 56 13.7 66 15.9 122 14.8 10.0 8.8
75+ 35 8.5 42 10.2 77 9.3 8.4 7.1
TOTAL 410 48.9% 414 50.2% 824 100% 91,306 5,062,011

 
Source: 2001 Census

Comment:
Comparisons are shown above between the combined Strachur and Strathlachlan parishes, Argyll and Bute and Scotland as a whole. There are no comparable statistics available within identical boundaries from previous years to enable trends to be ascertained. This statistical information, whilst the most recent available, is six years old at the time of this report.

Strategic Issues

It is difficult to make comparisons with historical data, given the differences in baseline information, which used varying geographical boundaries.

It is safe to say however that Strachur and district has a significantly larger proportion of people over 50 years than the average for Argyll and Bute. There is a particularly marked difference in the 65-74 year old age bracket, where Strachur and District has a population almost half again as large in relative terms than the Argyll and Bute average. These comparisons are even more marked when compared to the Scotland figures.

This may have implications for healthcare, the local labour pool and the primary school viability, amongst other things, in future.  It may also have employment opportunity benefits in such as garden maintenance and care services.

 

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