Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian. The county is one of the country's fastest growing areas
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.
The county to the south of Edinburgh is expected to see its population grow by 13.3 per cent by 2026, the highest rate in the country.
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The coastal county to the east of Edinburgh is estimated to see its population grow by an impressive 8.6 per cent by 2026.
The Scottish capital will see its population grow by an estimated 7.7 per cent by 2026, the fastest growth of any Scottish city
The county, which is largely a suburb of Glasgow, is expected to see its population rise by 7.6 per cent.
Aberdeenshire's population will grow by an estimated 7.1 per cent by 2026
West Lothian, which offers excellent transport links to Edinburgh, is estimated to grow by 6.6 per cent
East Dunbartonshire, which contains many of Glasgow's wealthiest suburbs, is expected to grow by 4.7 per cent
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
The Stirling Council area, which contains the city as well as a huge swath of rural central Scotland, is expected to grow by 4.5 per cent
The Falkirk Council area, which contains the towns of Larbert, Grangemouth, and Bo'ness, is expected to grow by 4.4 per cent