Highland population on the increase

The population of the Highlands rose from 217,440 in 2007 to 219,400 in 2008, an increase of 1,960 or 0.9%. And for the first time for a decade there were more births than deaths during the year.

The statistics, published by the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) in its mid year estimates for 2008, have been welcomed in the Highlands.

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Councillor Ian Ross, Chairman of The Highland Council’s Planning Environment and Development Committee said: “This is very welcome news indeed and demonstrates the area is attractive to in-migrants. It is also very encouraging that births have exceeded deaths for the first time in a decade. These statistics provide an important context for the new Highland-wide development plan which is in preparation at the current time.”

28 Apr 2009