The 10 areas of Scotland with the fastest ageing populations

Scotland’s population is ageing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK.

The mean population age in Scotland is already higher than the UK as a whole
The mean population age in Scotland is already higher than the UK as a whole

There is considerable geographical variation in the ageing of the population within Scotland - in general it is lowest in cities and higher in more rural areas. Here are the 10 local authority areas which are expected to see the fastest rise in the number of people aged 75 and over living there by 2037.

The number of people aged 75 and over in West Lothian, which includes the historic town of Linlithgow (pictured), is expected to rise by 140.2 per cent by 2037

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The number of people aged 75 and over in Shetland, which includes the fishing port of Lerwick (pictured) is expected to rise by 130.8 per cent by 2037
The number of people aged 75 and over in Clackmannanshire, which includes the historuc Clackmannan Tower, is expected to rise by 126.3 per cent by 2037
The number of people aged 75 and over in Orkney, which includes the town of Kirkwall, is expected to rise by 115.8 per cent by 2037
The number of people aged 75 and over in Aberdeenshire, which includes the fishing town of Peterhead, is expected to rise by 114.7 per cent by 2037
The number of people aged 75 and over in Midlothian, which includes the town of Dalkeith, is expected to rise by 111.7 per cent by 2037
The number of people aged 75 and over in the Highlands is expected to rise by 109.4 per cent by 2037
The number of people aged 75 and over in East Lothian, which includes the famous beach at Gullane, is expected to rise by 100 per cent by 2037
The number of people aged 75 and over in Falkirk is expected to rise by 97.8 per cent by 2037
The number of people aged 75 and over in North Lanarkshire, which includes the town of Coatbridge, is expected to rise by 97.2 per cent by 2037