Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian. The county is one of the country's fastest growing areas

These are the 10 fastest growing areas in Scotland

Scotland’s population is estimated to grow by 3.3 per cent by 2026. But that growth is not evenly spread across the country.

Official data from the National Records of Scotland reveals that of the 32 council areas north of the Border, it’s those closest to the country’s three biggest cities which can expect to see the biggest population growth over the next seven years.

Aberdeenshire's population will grow by an estimated 7.1 per cent by 2026

5. Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire's population will grow by an estimated 7.1 per cent by 2026
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West Lothian, which offers excellent transport links to Edinburgh, is estimated to grow by 6.6 per cent

6. West Lothian

West Lothian, which offers excellent transport links to Edinburgh, is estimated to grow by 6.6 per cent
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East Dunbartonshire, which contains many of Glasgow's wealthiest suburbs, is expected to grow by 4.7 per cent

7. East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire, which contains many of Glasgow's wealthiest suburbs, is expected to grow by 4.7 per cent
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The huge council area, which includes sizable towns like Perth as well as many rural communities, is expected to grow by 4.5 per cent

8. Perth and Kinross

The huge council area, which includes sizable towns like Perth as well as many rural communities, is expected to grow by 4.5 per cent
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