Highland profile - key facts and figures

Population

Population density area


Area  (in square kilometres -
excluding inland water)

Population density
(number of people per square kilometre)
Badenoch and Strathspey  2,356  5.8
Caithness  1,805  14.4
Inverness  2,961  26.8
Lochaber  4,634  4.3
Nairn  424  30.6
Ross and Cromarty  5,108  10.6
Skye and Lochalsh  2,732  4.8
Sutherland  6,071  2.3
Highland 25,659  9.1
Scotland  77,925  68.4

Source: NRS mid-year estimates, 2013

Population

Results from the 2011 Census show that the population of Highland on Census day was 232,132, and it increased to 232,950 in mid 2013. Highland generally has an older population profile than that of Scotland with a slightly higher percentage of children, but higher proportions in all the age groups above 45 years.

Health and Wellbeing profiles for children and young people also include information on populations.


Highland  Highland % Scotland %
0-15 40,532 17.4  17.1
16-44 76,428  32.8  37.6
45-64 69,449  29.8  27.5
65-74 26,369  11.3   9.8
75-84 14,970  6.4 5.9
85+

5,202

 2.2 2.1


 Source: NRS mid-year estimates, 2013

Population by Area


Population in 2013 % change 2003-2013
Badenoch and Strathspey  13,561  13.2
Caithness  26,067  2.3
Inverness  79,415  17.2
Lochaber  19,943  5.8
Nairn  12,954  10.9
Ross and Cromarty  54,124  8.0
Skye and Lochalsh  13,045  6.1
Sutherland  13,841  2.5
Highland  232,950  10.1
Scotland  5,327,700 5.1

Source: NRS mid-year estimates, 2013 and 2003

Population by settlement

Includes main towns plus selected smaller settlements providing locally important services.

 Settlement Population Settlement   Population
Inverness  61,235 Portree  2,318
Fort William 10,459 Ullapool 1,541
Nairn 9,773 Golspie 1,407
Thurso 7,933 Kingussie  1,476
Wick 7,155 Dornoch  1,407
Alness  5,782 Brora 1,282
Dingwall 5,491 Mallaig 806
Invergordon 4,075 Broadford 747
Tain 3,655 Fort Augustus 684
Conon Bridge and Maryburgh 3,147 Kyle of Lochalsh 649
Aviemore 2,836 Gairloch 621
Grantown-on-Spey 2,555 Lochinver 436
Muir of Ord 2,428 Kinlochbervie 256

Source: 2011 Census settlement populations and the Highland Council. 

Populations Projections

The most recent population projections for Highland show that if current trends continue the population is expected to rise to 255,835 in 2035, a 15% increase from 2010.

Gender  2010 2020  2035 % Change 2010 to 2035 
Males 108,740 116,450 125,570 15.5
Females  112,900  120,540  130,270  15.4
Total  221,630   237,000  255,840  15.4

Source: The Highland Council based on information supplied by National Records of Scotland.