Census figures show population of the Highlands on the up

Briefing note on population change in Highland 2001-2011

A report for Highland Councillors has highlighted the early results from the 2011 Census which show that the population of the Highlands has grown over the last decade by 11.1%, with the strongest population growth taking place in the Inverness South and Aird and Loch Ness Wards.

The report also highlights that across the Highlands there is a large number of people in the 55 to 65 age group which means the area should see a steady increase in the number of retired people over the coming years.

Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Drew Hendry said:  "The population growth is no surprise as the Highlands is a great place to live and do business in which is why we are prioritising the support and creation of jobs and are working to deliver 5000 new homes by 2017 to attract new people to come to work. At the same time as this optimism for a vibrant and economically robust Highlands, we are aware that a large section of the population is aging which is why we are channelling resources so we can provide the best quality of life possible for those in need of support.  Current actions include working with NHS Highland and other agencies in delivering an integrated health and social care service and the building of two new care homes in Muir of Ord and Tain which began earlier this year as well as funds allocated for refurbishing existing care homes.

 “The census figures do help us to plan for the future and also highlight the strong links between economic growth, new house building and population growth and I believe having an older population can provide opportunities as the vast level of experience older people have can be a very useful resource. Also, with people getting fitter and staying healthier longer, retirees have a lot to give their local communities so I look forward to discussing the 2011 Census results in more detail at a meeting of our Planning, Environment and Development Committee on 8th January.”




23 Dec 2013