It is reported that despite recession, Scotland‘s population keeps rising. Last year it had risen to a total of 5.19 million. Around 25,000 people were added to the total number of population last year, the registrar general for Scotland revealed.
If the population level keeps rising in this way, the current projections suggest that Scotland’s population will rise to 5.54 million by 2033 and the number of people aged 60 and over will increase by 50 per cent.
According to the previous ten years census from 1999 to 2009, the council areas which had the highest population increase were West Lothian, East Lothian, Perth and Kinross with a rate starting from 10% to 8%. The reductions were in areas like Inverclyde for 6% and in Eilean Siar, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire for 4%. The migration rates were reported as: 42,700 people came to Scotland from overseas and 25,200 people left Scotland to go overseas. This made the population rate giving a rise by around 17,500 people. When the birth rates increased from last six years, the death rates were decreased. Most of the deaths were due to cancer and strokes.
Life expectancy in Scotland has increased from 69 years for men and 75 years for women born around 1981, to 75 years for men and 80 years for women born around 2008. Despite recent improvements, Scottish men and women have poor life expectancy compared to most of the EU, about four years lower for men, and almost five years lower for women. But it has been noted that there were little evidence of the recession affecting the population rise in the country.
Registrar General for Scotland Duncan Macniven came to a positive conclusion that despite the challenging financial climate, people are finding Scotland an attractive place to live and raise children.