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Population of Aberdeen City and Shire Continues to Grow

Figures published last week by the General Register Office for Scotland estimate that the population of the area grew by 5,580 to 459,758 between 2009 and 2010, a rise of 1.2%. Of this, Aberdeen City grew by 3,310 (1.6%) and Aberdeenshire by 2,270 (0.9%). The population increase represents 20% of the growth experienced across Scotland (28,100).

The Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan (2009) contains a target to increase the population of the city region to 480,000 by 2030, with a longer-term aspiration of seeing the population rise to 500,000. The increase reported last week takes the area closer to reaching that target which is critical to securing its future prosperity and realising its potential.

Of the population increase, natural change (births minus deaths) accounted for an increase of 1,168 (21%) while net migration accounted for an increase of 4,412 (79%).

2009

2010

Change

Aberdeen City

213,810

217,120

3,310

1.6%

Aberdeenshire

243,510

245,780

2,270

0.9%

Strategic Development Plan Area #

454,178

459,758

5,580

1.2%

Scotland

5,194,000

5,222,100

28,100

0.5%

# This area excludes that part of Aberdeenshire within the Cairngorms National Park. In 2009 this had a population of 3,142 and it is assumed here that this remained the same in 2010. Confirmation of this, however, will not be available until early 2012.

3 May 2011