East Dunbartonshire Area Profile

Statistics

This section provides a range of statistics about East Dunbartonshire, from a variety of sources.

Introduction

The East Dunbartonshire Area Profile provides an overview of the population and its detailed characteristics. The information is provided for Scotland and East Dunbartonshire. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected some statistics and data sources, any affected data has been highlighted throughout this webpage. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic also forced a delay to Scotland’s Census. The Census was due to take place in March 2021 but took place on 20 March 2022. 

The information is provided at Scotland, East Dunbartonshire and Ward level where data is available. The data used is from a variety of sources including the 2011 Census, NOMIS (official labour market statistics website) and Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics. For some topic areas, the 2011 Census is the only source of data and therefore remains the most up to date data available at this time. Due to rounding, numbers presented throughout this document may not add up precisely to the totals indicated and percentages may not reflect the absolute figures for the same reason. 

The most recent Census in Scotland where data is available for this publication was conducted by National Records of Scotland and took place on 27 March 2011 and involved around 2 million households.  All released Census data is available on the Scotland’s Census.

Overall, East Dunbartonshire continues to compare favourably to Scotland and other local authority areas with a high percentage of home ownership, car ownership, low unemployment and a high percentage of economically active residents. In 2021, East Dunbartonshire was in the top five of the money.co.uk Work Life Balance Index. The online site analysed Office for National Statistics data to uncover where in Britain was best situated to achieve a good work life balance.   

Although East Dunbartonshire, as a whole, is less deprived than other authorities in Scotland, there are specific areas within East Dunbartonshire that fall below the Scottish average. Hillhead remains the most deprived area in East Dunbartonshire, but it should be noted that Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks in the area have improved.

Key Findings

  1.  Between the 2001 Census and the 2011 Census, the population of East Dunbartonshire decreased by 3,217 people (-3%). 
  2. National Records of Scotland’s most recent population projections suggest that the population of East Dunbartonshire will increase from 108,330 in 2018 to 116,315 in 2043, an increase of 7.4%. Based on these projections by 2043, 17.2% of the population will be aged 0-15 years, 56.2% will be of working age and 26.6% will be of pensionable age and over.
  3. According to National Records of Scotland, male and female life expectancy is high in East Dunbartonshire. Males in East Dunbartonshire can expect to live for 80.2 years, three years higher than the Scottish average. Females can expect to live for 83.4 years, two years higher than Scotland as a whole. A high percentage of East Dunbartonshire residents (84.9%) reported in the 2011 Census that their health was very good or good, just over 2% higher than the Scottish average. 
  4. The 2011 Census shows that 4.2% of East Dunbartonshire’s population were from a minority ethnic group, an increase of around 1% since the last census in 2001. The Asian population was the largest minority ethnic group (3.3%) in East Dunbartonshire. Within this, Indian was the largest individual category, accounting for 1.5% of the total population. 
  5. Employment is high, with figures from NOMIS showing that East Dunbartonshire has a high percentage of people in employment (72.7%). Unemployment in East Dunbartonshire was 3.3% in 2021 a slight increase compared to 2020.   
  6. According to National Records of Scotland’s recent Migration Report, there was an estimated total net migration into East Dunbartonshire of 4,500 people and a total net out migration of 4,010 people resulting in a positive net migration of 490 people.

Summary Statistics

Overview

East Dunbartonshire

Scotland

Population

Population

108,900

5,479,900

 

Economy

 

Economically Active

75.7%

76.2%

Unemployment

3.3%

3.9%

Average Weekly Pay (gross)

£754.70

£622.00

 

Housing

Total number of dwellings

47,549

2,674,993

Average Annual House Price

£273,144

£201,267

Average Household Size

2.31

2.12

Education

School leavers participating in Education, Training or Employment

96.7%

92.2%

 

Health

Female Life Expectancy

83.4years

81.0 years

Male Life Expectancy

80.2 years

76.8 years

In very good or good health

84.9%

82.2%

Day to day activities limited a lot

7.8%

9.6%

 

Community Safety

Crimes and offences per 10,000 population

400

855

Deliberate dwelling fires per 100,000 dwellings

19.0

19.6

Population

Image of people in rows. east dunbartonshire population 108,900. scotland 5,479,900

East Dunbartonshire had a population of 105,026 at the 2011 Census. The table below shows the Census population for East Dunbartonshire in 2001 and 2011. The population of East Dunbartonshire decreased by 3% between the two censuses. In contrast, Scotland’s population increased by 5% over the same time period. This represents the fastest growth rate for Scotland between two censuses in the last century. 

Census Population

                         Council Area                                 

2001 Census

Population

2011 Census

Population

Difference between 2001 and 2011 Censuses

East Dunbartonshire

108,243

105,026

-3,217

Source: 2001 Census and 2011 Census

The chart below shows the structure of the population by five year age band in 2001 and 2011.    

  • There was a decrease in those aged 14 and under and those aged 30-39. 
  • The highest increase was in the 60-64 age group, followed by those aged 80-84 and 75-79. This follows the predicted trend of an ageing population.

Graph table of age group in East Dunbartonshire

Source: 2001 Census and 2011 Census

Population Estimates

Population estimates and projections are published by National Records of Scotland, estimates are produced annually and projections are produced every two years.   It should be noted that there are limitations with projections as they are assumptions based on past trends and do not take account of any future changes that may occur as a result of policy initiatives.  Further information and previous population estimates can be accessed by visiting the National Records of Scotland.

The 2021 mid-year population estimates are produced by National Records of Scotland and are based on the 2011 Census. The population is ‘aged on’ one year, the number of births in the year are added, the number of deaths subtracted and adjustments are made for estimated migration and other changes to special populations (prisoners and members of the armed forces). Further information on population estimates and the methodology can be found on the National Records of Scotland.

It should be noted these statistics take into account changes in the population from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. This means the entire year covered in this publication was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has impacted the number of deaths across Scotland and affected movement within the UK and internationally. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted some of the data sources which feed into the population estimates. More information about the impact on data sources can be found in the Mid-Year Population Estimates | National Records of Scotland

  • The 2021 Mid-Year Population estimates show that the population of East Dunbartonshire is 108,900.
  • This was an increase of 0.1% compared to the 2020 mid-year estimates and a 3.7% increase compared to the 2011 Census.

Age Structure

The table below provides the broad age structure of East Dunbartonshire according to the 2021 mid-year estimates.

  • 17.9% of East Dunbartonshire’s population were aged 0-15, those aged 16-64 accounted for 59.1% of the population and 23.0% were aged 65 and over. 
  • East Dunbartonshire had a higher percentage of its population aged 0-15 (17.9%) compared to Scotland (16.6%). 
  • 59.1% of the population in East Dunbartonshire were aged 16-64, this was lower compared to Scotland as a whole (63.8%). 
  • East Dunbartonshire had a higher percentage of its population over the age of 65 (23.0%) compared to Scotland (19.6%). 

Population by age group

Area

Total Population

0-15

16-64

65+

East Dunbartonshire

108,900

19,528

64,307

25,065

East Dunbartonshire (%)

-

17.9%

59.1%

23.0%

Scotland (%)

-

16.6%

63.8%

19.6%

Source: National Records of Scotland, 2021 Mid-Year Population Estimates

The table below shows the age structure of the older population for East Dunbartonshire.

  • 11.0% of East Dunbartonshire’s population were aged over 75, just over 2% higher than Scotland.
  • 3.2% of the population were aged 85 and over, this was slightly higher when compared to Scotland (2.4%).   

Population by age group

Area

75+

85+

East Dunbartonshire

11,931

3,439

East Dunbartonshire (%)

11.0%

3.2%

Scotland (%)

8.7%

2.4%

Source: National Records of Scotland, 2021 Mid-Year Population Estimates

Male and Female Population

There are more females than males in East Dunbartonshire, 51.6% females compared to 48.4% males. This is consistent with Scotland as a whole, as shown in the table below. 

Male and Female Population

Area

Total

Population

Percentage

Males

Percentage Females

Scotland

5,479,900

48.8%

51.2%

East Dunbartonshire

108,900

48.4%

51.6%

Source: National Records of Scotland, 2021 Mid-Year Population Estimates

The chart below shows a slightly higher proportion of females in the older age groups (65+). This is particularly apparent in the 75+ age group with 2,103 more females in this age group compared to males. This is possibly attributed to the slightly higher life expectancy for females compared to males in East Dunbartonshire.  

Male and female population graph table

Source: National Records of Scotland, 2021 Mid-Year Population Estimates

Population Projections   

The 2018-based population projections published by National Records of Scotland suggest that by 2028, the population of East Dunbartonshire will increase 3.8% over the next 10 years from 108,330 in 2018 to 112,008 in 2028. By 2043, East Dunbartonshire’s population is projected to be 116,315 (an increase of 7.4%).

Projected Age Structure

By 2028:

  • Children aged 0-15 are projected to increase by 4.5%.    
  • The working age population is predicted to increase by 3%.
  • Those of pensionable age and over are projected to rise by 5%.
  • The highest population increase is expected to be seen in those aged 75 and over with a predicted increase of 26%.   

The chart below shows the projected change in age groups for East Dunbartonshire over the next 25 years.

National Records of Scotland estimates are based on State Pension Age. As set out in the 2014 Pensions Act, between 2014 and 2018, the state pension age will rise from 62 to 65 for women. Then between 2019 and 2020, it will rise from 65 years to 66 years for both men and women.  A further rise in state pension age to 67 will take place between 2026 and 2028. Between 2044 and 2046, state pension age will increase from 67 to 68. 

Population projections 2018-2043 graph table

Source: National Records of Scotland, Population Projections for Scottish Areas (2018 based)

Based on these projections, by 2043:

  • 17.2% of the population will be aged 0-15,
  • 56.2% will be of working age,
  • 26.6% will be of pensionable age and over. 

It should be noted that population projections have limitations. The projections are calculations showing what happens if particular assumptions are made about future fertility, mortality and migration. These assumptions are based on past trends and do not take account of any future changes that may occur as a result of policy initiatives but may reflect the past impact of policy or economic changes. These projections are not, therefore, forecasts of what the government expects to happen based on policy.  

Life Expectancy

East Dunbartonshire has the second highest life expectancy for both males and females in mainland Scotland.

  • Life expectancy for females in East Dunbartonshire was 83.5 years, 2.7 years higher than Scotland.     
  • Life expectancy for males in East Dunbartonshire was 80.0 years, 3.5 years higher than Scotland.   

Life expectancy at  birth chart

Source: National Records of Scotland, Life Expectancy for Areas in Scotland 2019 - 2021

The table below shows life expectancy for males and females in East Dunbartonshire and Scotland over the past few years.  Male life expectancy in East Dunbartonshire decreased between 2017/19 and 2019/2021.  Female life expectancy decreased from 84.0 years in 2017/2019 to 83.5 years in 2019/2021.    

Life Expectancy

Area

Males

Females

2017-2019

2018-2020

2019-2021

2017-2019

2018-2020

2019-2021

Scotland

77.1 years

76.8 years

76.5 years

81.1 years

81.0 years

81.8years

East Dunbartonshire

80.5 years

80.2 years

80.0 years

84.0 years

83.4 years

83.5 years

Source: National Records of Scotland – Life Expectancy for Administrative Areas within Scotland 2019 - 2021

Life Expectancy figures are published by National Records of Scotland and provide information at Scotland and Council level. The figures in the publication are a three year average and are produced by aggregating deaths and population data for the three year period. Life Expectancy figures are published annually. Further information on life expectancy can be accessed on the National Records of Scotland.

Ethnicity

The census question on ethnicity changed between 2001 and 2011. In 2011, options were added for ‘White: Polish’ and ‘White: Gypsy/Traveller’, ‘African’ was also included as a separate category.  

  • 88.6% of the population in East Dunbartonshire were White Scottish
  • 4.8% were White Other British 

4.2% of the population were from a minority ethnic group an increase of 1% since the 2001 Census. The Asian population was the largest minority ethnic group (3.3%) in East Dunbartonshire. Within this, Indian was the largest individual category, accounting for 1.5% of the population. 

East Dunbartonshire ethnicity pie chart

Source: 2011 Census

Ethnicity

Area

White

Scottish

White – Other British

White – Irish

White  - Polish

White – Other

Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British

Other ethnic Groups

Scotland

84.0%

7.9%

1.0%

1.2%

1.9%

2.7%

1.4%

East Dunbartonshire

88.6%

4.8%

1.2%

0.1%

1.1%

3.3%

0.9%

Source: 2011 Census

National Identity

The 2011 Census collected data on national identity for the first time.  

  • 60.2% of East Dunbartonshire residents reported their national identity as Scottish, compared to a figure of 62.4% for Scotland as a whole. 

National Identity

Area

All People

Scottish Identity Only

British Identity Only

Scottish and British Identities Only

Scottish and any other identities

English Identity Only

Any other combination of UK identities (UK only)

Other Identity only

Other Identity and at least one UK Identity

 

Scotland

 

5,295,403

 

62.4%

 

8.4%

 

18.3%

 

1.9%

 

2.3%

 

2.0%

 

4.4%

 

0.3%

 

East Dunbartonshire

 

105,026

 

60.2%

 

8.7%

 

24.7%

 

1.9%

 

1.1%

 

1.4%

 

1.8%

 

0.2%

Source: 2011 Census       

Country of Birth

Every Council area in Scotland experienced an increase in the proportion of people born outside the UK between 2001 and 2011. 

  • 89.2% of East Dunbartonshire residents were born in Scotland.
  • 5.7% were born in England, 3.1% in other countries, 0.6% in Northern Ireland, 0.2% in Wales, 0.4% in Republic of Ireland and 0.8% were born in EU countries.

East Dunbartonshire country of birth pie chart

Country of Birth

Area

All People

Scotland

England

Northern Ireland

Wales

Republic of Ireland

EU Countries

Other Countries

 

 

Scotland

 

5,295,403

 

83.3%

 

8.7%

 

0.7%

 

0.3%

 

0.4%

 

2.6%

 

4.0%

 

East Dunbartonshire

 

105,026

 

89.2%

 

5.7%

 

0.6%

 

0.2%

 

0.4%

 

0.8%

 

3.1%

Source: 2011 Census

Marital Status

The 2011 Census question on marital status was extended from that asked in 2001 to include new categories for registered same-sex civil partnerships.

  • 55% of East Dunbartonshire’s population aged 16 and over were married, this was 10% higher than Scotland as a whole.
  • 28.2% of those aged 16 and over in East Dunbartonshire were single (never married or never registered a same-sex civil partnership).

Marital Status

Area

All people aged 16 and over

Percentage Single (never married or never registered a same-sex civil partnership)

Percentage Married

Percentage in a registered same-sex civil partnership

Percentage Separated (but still legally married or still legally in a same-sex civil partnership

Percentage divorced or formerly in same sex civil partnership which is now legally dissolved

% widowed or surviving partner from a same-sex civil partnership

 

Scotland

 

4,379,072

35.4%

45.2%

0.2%

3.2%

8.2%

7.8%

East Dunbartonshire

 

     86,312

28.2%

55.0%

0.1%

2.7%

5.9%

8.0%

Source: 2011 Census   

Registered Marriages                                                                                                                                                     

The table below shows the number of marriages registered in East Dunbartonshire decreased between 2017 and 2021. 

Registered Marriages

Year

Total Marriages

2017

249

2018

222

2019

198

2020

107

2021

227

Source: National Records of Scotland, Vital Events Figures 2017-2021

Over time, the number of marriages registered annually has decreased in East Dunbartonshire, as shown in the chart below.  In 1991, 856 marriages were registered compared to only 227 in 2021, a decrease of 73%.  This is also the case for Scotland as a whole. 

   Number of registered marriages graph

Source: National Records of Scotland, Vital Events Figures – Time Series

Language

The 2011 Census asked questions on proficiency in spoken English and on languages other than English used at home (for the first time).

English Language Skills

Levels of English proficiency in East Dunbartonshire were high and above the average for Scotland. 

94.9 of people aged three and over in East Dunbartonshire could speak, read and write English, only 0.1% had no skills in English.

English Language Skills%

Area

All people aged 3 and over

Under stands but does not speak, read or write English

Speaks, reads and writes English

 

Speaks but does not read or write English

 

Speaks and reads but does not write English

 

Reads but does not speak or write English

 

Other combination of skills in English

 

No skills in English

 

 

Scotland

 

5,118,223

1.9%

93.8%

3.0%

0.7%

0.04%

0.4%

0.2%

 

East Dunbartonshire

 

101,999

1.5%

94.9%

2.6%

0.6%

0.03%

0.3%

0.1%

Source: 2011 Census     

Language Used at Home                                                                                                                       

East Dunbartonshire had a high percentage of people who reported that they used only English at home. 

  • 94.8% of residents in East Dunbartonshire reported that they used only English at home, higher than Scotland as a whole. 

Language Used at Home

Area

All people aged 3 and over

English Only

Gaelic

Scots

British Sign Language

Polish

Other

 

Scotland

 

5,118,223

92.6%

0.5%

1.1%

0.2%

1.1%

4.5%

 

East Dunbartonshire

 

101,999

94.8%

0.4%

0.4%

0.2%

0.1%

4.2%

Source: 2011 Census 

Religion

The question on religion was introduced in the 2001 Census and was a voluntary question, where no answer was provided the response was categorised as religion not stated. In East Dunbartonshire, 62.5% of the population stated they belonged to a Christian denomination. 

  • 35.6% of East Dunbartonshire’s population reported they belonged to the Church of Scotland.
  • 22.3% reported they were Roman Catholic.
  • 4.6% reported they belonged to the ‘Other Christian’ grouping.
  • 28.2% reported they had no religion. This was lower than Scotland as a whole (36.7%). 

Religion

Area

All People

Church of Scotland

Roman Catholic

Other Christian

Buddhist

Hindu

Jewish

Muslim

Sikh

Other Religion

No Religion

Religion not stated

 

 

Scotland

 

 

5,295,403

32.4%

15.9%

5.5%

0.2%

0.3%

0.1%

1.4%

0.2%

0.3%

36.7%

7.0%

 

East Dunbartonshire

 

 

 

105,026

35.6%

22.3%

4.6%

0.1%

0.6%

0.1%

1.0%

0.9%

0.2%

28.2%

6.4%

Source: 2011 Census

Migration

Migration is the movement of people from one place to another. Internal migration is when people migrate within the same country or region and international migration is when people migrate from one country to another.

Migration is the most difficult component of population change to estimate as, unlike births and deaths, there is no comprehensive system which registers migration in the UK – whether migration to or from overseas, migration to or from other parts of the UK or migration within Scotland. Estimates of migration therefore have to be based on survey data and the best proxy data available.

There are three key sources of migration data:

  • The National Health Service Central Register (NHSCR) is used to calculate moves between NHS Board areas within the UK.  It is also used to distribute estimates of international migration to NHS Board areas in Scotland. 
  • Community Health Index (CHI) is used to estimate migration at Council area and below.
  • International Passenger Survey (IPS) provides information on moves into and out of Scotland with an origin or destination of outside UK. 

Total migration includes all migration to, or from, an area.  For Scotland, this would include moves to and from the rest of the UK and moves to and from overseas whilst for a Council or NHS Board area it would also include moves to and from other such areas in Scotland.    

The COVID-19 pandemic restricted movement across the UK and overseas under the first national lockdown and has impacted many of the data sources which feed into migration statistics. For example, overseas migration was previously estimated using the International Passenger Survey (IPS).  However, in March 2020 the IPS was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest figures were produced using a new method that relies less on IPS data and statistical modelling, and makes greater use of administrative data. Due to this change in method, the latest figures on international migration may not be comparable with previous estimates.

More information about the impact of data sources can be found in the accompanying report to the 2021 population and migration estimates on the National Records of Scotland website.

The chart below shows the net migration to and from East Dunbartonshire from 2002/03 to 2020/21. There was a negative net migration for East Dunbartonshire from 1995/96 to 2010/11. The first positive total net migration since 1994/95 was seen in 2011/12. During 2020/21, there was an estimated total net migration into East Dunbartonshire of 4,500 people and a total net out migration of 4,010 people resulting in a positive net migration of 490 people. 

Net migration chart

Source: National Records of Scotland, Migration to and from Council Areas 2020/21

The chart below shows the flow of people moving between East Dunbartonshire and the rest of the UK, and between East Dunbartonshire and overseas during 2020/21. The majority of people coming in to East Dunbartonshire were from within Scotland (+540) and a small number from overseas (+10). Net migration from the rest of the UK was -60.

Migration in East Dunbartonshire graph

Source: National Records of Scotland, Migration to and from Council Areas 2020/21

Migration statistics are produced by National Records of Scotland and are published annually. Migration is the most difficult component of population change to estimate. There is no comprehensive system which registers migration in the UK. Estimates of migration therefore have to be based on survey data and the best proxy data that exists. For more information visit National Records of Scotland.

Housing

houses naming tenure

Tenure

Tenure provides information about whether a household rents or owns the accommodation that it occupies and if rented, combines this with information about the type of landlord who owns or manages the accommodation. 

  • 39.8% of homes were owned outright in East Dunbartonshire. This is 12% higher than the Scottish average (27.8%). 
  • 41.4% of homes in East Dunbartonshire were owned with a mortgage or loan. This is also higher than the Scottish average (33.7%).   
  • 8.5% of homes in East Dunbartonshire were Council rented, nearly 5% lower than Scotland as a whole (22.1%). 

Tenure

Area

All Households

Owned outright

Owned with a mortgage or loan

Shared owner -ship  (part owned & part rented)

Council rented

Other social rented

Private rented

Rented: other

Living rent free

 

Scotland

 

2,372,777

27.8%

33.7%

0.4%

13.2%

11.1%

11.1%

1.3%

1.3%

East Dunbartonshire

 

43,473

39.8%

41.4%

0.2%

8.5%

3.5%

5.1%

0.6%

0.9%

Source: 2011 Census

Household Composition                                                                                                                        

A household is defined as one person living alone or a group of people (not necessarily related) living at the same address who share cooking facilities and share a living room or sitting room or dining area. 

A family is defined as a married, civil partnered or cohabiting couple (with or without children), or a lone parent with at least one child.  Children may be classed as dependent or non-dependent. Dependent children are those aged under 16, or aged 16-18 and in full-time education, living with at least one parent, excluding those who have a spouse, partner or child living in the household. 

  • 11.8% of East Dunbartonshire households were one person households. This was slightly lower than Scotland (15.8%).  
  • 20.3% of households in East Dunbartonshire consisted of two adults and one or two children.
  • Households with three or more adults and no children was the largest household type. 

Household Composition

East Dunbartonshire

Scotland

One person households

11.8%

15.8%

No adults or one adult and one or more children

4.4%

6.2%

One adult aged 16-64 and one aged 65 and over and no children or two adults aged 65 and over and no children

12.9%

10.7%

Two adults and one or two children

20.3%

19.1%

Two adults aged 16-64 and no children

12.7%

17.5%

Two adults and three or more children

5.2%

4.7%

Three or more adults and one or more children

10.6%

8.9%

Three or more adults and no children

22.1%

17.0%

Source: 2011 Census

Households Estimates    

Household Estimates and Projections are produced by National Records of Scotland. Household Estimates provides the estimates of the number of households and dwellings in Scotland and Council areas and are released annually. Household Projections are produced every second year and cover a projection period of 25 years. They show the projected number of households in Scotland and Council areas. Please select the following link to access further information relating to previous household estimates and projections.

A dwelling refers to the accommodation itself, for example a house or a flat and includes second homes that are not let out commercially. Caravans count as dwellings if they are someone’s main home. 

A household refers to the people living together in a dwelling. The number of dwellings will not necessarily equal the number of households in an area, because some dwellings are vacant or second homes, and some dwellings contain more than one household.  Communal establishments, such as care homes and student halls of residence, are not included in the definition of a household.  Household estimates come from Council Tax records. 

  • 2021 household and dwelling estimates provides an estimate of 47,549 dwellings and 46,849 households in East Dunbartonshire. 
  • Between 2020 and 2021, there was an increase of 286 households (0.6%) and 298 (0.6%) dwellings in East Dunbartonshire.   

Over the last 10 years households and dwellings in East Dunbartonshire have been consistently increasing, as shown in the chart below. 

Housing and dwelling estimates 2011-2021 graph

Source: National Records of Scotland, 2021 Household and Dwelling Estimates

Households by Council Tax Band

  • The majority of households in East Dunbartonshire were in Council Tax Band D-E, 13% higher than Scotland as whole. 

Households by Council Tax Band 2021

Area

% households in Council Tax

Band A-C

% households in Council Tax

Band D-E

% households in Council Tax

Band F-H

Scotland

59%

27%

14%

East Dunbartonshire

28%

40%

32%

Source: National Records of Scotland, 2021 Household and Dwelling Estimates

Average Household Size

According to the 2021 Household and Dwelling Estimates:

  • East Dunbartonshire had an average household size of 2.31, higher than the Scottish average of 2.12. 
  • Average household size in East Dunbartonshire has decreased by -3.8% over the last ten years, from 2.40 in 2011 to 2.31 in 2021. This is also the case for Scotland as a whole, with a decrease of -3.2% in average household size over the same time period, as shown in the chart below.  
  • Average household size has been on a largely downward trend for many years. This decrease is partly due to changes in the way we live and partly due to an ageing population, as older people are more likely to live alone or in smaller households. In addition, a growing proportion of older people are living in their own homes rather than care homes. 

Average household size 2011-2021 graph

Source: National Records of Scotland, 2021 Household and Dwelling Estimates Estimates

Average Annual House Price

  • In 2021, the average annual house price for a residential property in East Dunbartonshire was £273,144, nearly £72,000 higher than the Scottish average.      
  • Between 2020 and 2021, the average annual house price in East Dunbartonshire increased by 7.6%. Scotland as a whole also experienced an increase (+6.5%) over the same time period.   

Average Annual House Price

Area

Average House Price 2019

Average House Price 2020

Average House Price 2021

Annual % Change

Scotland

£180,878

£188,895

£201,267

+6.5%

East Dunbartonshire

£253,377

£253,758

£273,144

+7.6%

Source: Registers of Scotland Average Residential Property Price 2021

The average house price in East Dunbartonshire in January 2021 was £272,740 and increased during February and March followed by a decrease in April. The highest average house price in 2021 was £299,845 in September. 

COVID-19 has had an impact on the property market with fewer transactions than expected in the first quarter of 2020/21 due to government measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Average household price 2021 graph

Source: Registers of Scotland, Monthly House Price Statistics 2021

Household Projections

The 2018-based household projections published by National Records of Scotland suggest that by 2043 there will be 51,681 households in East Dunbartonshire. This would be an increase of 5,658 households (12.3%) between 2018 and 2043 as shown in the chart below. The number of households is projected to increase faster than the population. This is a result of more people living alone or in smaller households.    

The household projections have limitations. A projection is a calculation showing what happens if particular assumptions are made. The household projections are trend based and are not, therefore, policy based forecasts of what the Government expects to happen.  Specifically, the assumptions do not take account of the June 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union.    

Household projections 2018 graph

Source:  National Records of Scotland, 2018-based Household Projections

The chart below shows the projected number of household types in 2018 and 2043.     

  • The number of households with two adults 1+ children and households with three adults is projected to decrease between 2018 and 2043. 
  • There is a projected increase in one adult households over the same time period.
  •  One adult 1+ children and two adult households are projected to remain unchanged between 2018 and 2043.  

Household types 2018-2043 graph

Source:  National Records of Scotland, 2018-based Household Projections

Local Economy           

Pound coins showing weekly pay East Dunbartonshire and Scotland                                                                           

Average Weekly Earnings

  • The average gross weekly earnings for full time workers living in East Dunbartonshire in 2021 was £754.70. This was substantially higher than Scotland as a whole (£622.00).       
  • In 2021, male full time workers living in East Dunbartonshire earned £19.40 more than female full time workers.  Across Scotland, male full time workers earned £73.10 more than female full time workers.
  • Both female and male full time workers living in East Dunbartonshire had higher gross weekly earnings compared to males and females across Scotland as a whole. 

Average Weekly Earnings (Gross) 2021

Area

Full Time Workers

Male Full Time Workers

Female Full Time Workers

Scotland

£622.00

£650.40

£577.30

East Dunbartonshire

£754.70

£761.10

£741.70

Source: Median earnings for employees living in the area – ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (2021)

Interpreting average earnings data is difficult at the moment. There are temporary factors that have increased the headline growth rate in earnings above the underlying rate.  In spring/summer 2020, many workers were on furlough or had their hours reduced. This meant that people saw their earnings fall, pushing down weekly wages. This year, with fewer people on furlough and hours returning closer to normal, weekly wages are higher. 

Earnings growth is capturing an improvement in earnings, but because it starts from a low base that improvement is overstated. These base effects are common in statistics, but what makes them more pronounced now is the huge economic shock that the pandemic created.

Graph showing average weekly earnings  2011-2021

Source: Median earnings for employees living in the area – ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (2021)

Employment and Unemployment

In the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a decrease in the employment rate and increases in the economic activity and unemployment rates for both men and women. Young people (aged 16-24 years) were particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the employment rate decreasing and the unemployment and economic activity rates increasing by more in comparison with those aged 25 years and over. There has been an increase in the employment rate and a decrease in the unemployment rate to below pre-coronavirus rates. 

The table below shows the percentage of economically active residents in East Dunbartonshire. 

  • The percentage of economically active residents in East Dunbartonshire decreased from 77.3% in 2020 to 75.7% in 2021.
  • In East Dunbartonshire, people in employment decreased from 75.5% in 2020 to 72.7% and was lower than the Scottish average of 73.1%. 
  • Unemployment in East Dunbartonshire increased very slightly between 2020 and 2021 from 3.2% to 3.3% respectively and was 0.6% lower than the Scottish average of 3.9%. 
  • There was a higher proportion of economically active males (79.5%) in East Dunbartonshire compared to females (72.1%). 

Economic Activity

Employment Status

East Dunbartonshire

Scotland

Year

2019

2020

2021

2019

2020

2021

Economically Active*

78.8%

77.3%

75.7%

77.8%

76.8%

76.2%

In employment*

77.0%

75.5%

72.7%

74.8%

73.5%

73.1%

Employees*

69.4%

66.6%

64.9%

65.7%

65.2%

65.4%

Self-employed*

7.4%

8.9%

7.4%

8.8%

8.1%

7.5%

Unemployed (model based)#

2.9%

3.2%

3.3%

3.9%

4.3%

3.9%

Source: NOMIS (Office for National Statistics January 2021 - December 2021)

  * for those aged 16-64

  # numbers and % are for those aged 16 and over, % is a proportion of economically active

The chart below shows the percentage of people that are economically active, in employment and are employees in East Dunbartonshire and Scotland.  

Employment graph

Source: NOMIS (Office for National Statistics January 2021 – December 2021)

Out of Work Benefits

Under Universal Credit a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker’s Allowance.  As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out in particular areas, the number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count is therefore likely to rise. 

The table below shows the percentage of the population aged 16-64 claiming main out of work benefits in East Dunbartonshire.     

  • Between April 2021 and April 2022 there was a 1.7% decrease in the working age population claiming out of work benefits in East Dunbartonshire. 
  • In April 2022, there were 2.1% of people aged 16-64 claiming out of work benefits, this is 1.4% lower than Scotland as a whole.   
  • There was a higher number of male claimants (2.9%) compared to females (1.4%) in East Dunbartonshire.    

Out of Work Benefits Claimant Count*

Area

April 2020

April 2021

April 2022

Scotland

5.4%

5.9%

3.5%

East Dunbartonshire

3.7%

3.8%

2.1%

Source: ONS Claimant Count, April 2022 (NOMIS website) not seasonally adjusted

*percentage is the number of claimants as a proportion of resident population of areas aged 16-64

Claimant Count by Age

The table below shows the out of work benefit claimants by age group for East Dunbartonshire.    

  • Those aged 18-24 and 25-49 had the largest proportion claiming out of work benefits at 2.8% and 2.7% respectively.  

Claimant Count by Age*

Area

Age 16-17

Age 18-24

Age 25-49

Age 50+

Scotland

0.6%

4.1%

4.1%

2.7%

East Dunbartonshire

0.2%

2.8%

2.7%

1.5%

Source: ONS Claimant Count by age, April 2022 (NOMIS website) not seasonally adjusted

*percentage is the number of claimants as a proportion of a resident population of the same age

Employment by Occupation  

The largest category of occupation in East Dunbartonshire was Professional Occupations (30.0%), followed by Associate Professional and Technical (16.2%).         

Employment by Occupation

East Dunbartonshire

Scotland

Managers, directors & senior officials

8.8%

8.7%

Professional occupations

32.1%

23.8%

Associate professional & technical

17.5%

15.5%

Administrative & secretarial

10.5%

9.9%

Skilled trades occupation

7.0%

9.0%

Caring, leisure & other service occupation

6.7%

9.3%

Sales & customer service

7.1%

8.4%

Process, plant & machine operatives

#

5.2

Elementary occupations

7.9%

9.9%

Source: ONS Annual Population Survey (January 2021 – December 2021) from NOMIS website

# sample size too small for reliable estimate

Businesses

There are around 3,000 businesses in East Dunbartonshire.

  • 91.4% of businesses in East Dunbartonshire are Micro businesses; this is higher than Scotland as a whole (88.1%).

Businesses 2021

Area

Micro

Small

Medium

Large

Scotland

88.1%

10.0%

1.5%

0.4%

East Dunbartonshire

91.4%

7.8%

0.5%

0.2%

Source: NOMIS – UK Business Counts 2021

Child Benefit

Child benefit is paid to those responsible for children (aged under 16) or qualifying young people. In Scotland, there were 532,180 families responsible for 878,235 children and qualifying young people, receiving Child Benefit. There were 10,175 families in East Dunbartonshire in receipt of Child Benefit in 2021. Following the introduction of the High Income Child Benefit Charge in January 2013, there has generally been a steady decrease in the number of families in East Dunbartonshire in receipt of Child Benefit, although there was a slight increase in 2021.

Graph showing families receiving child benefit

Source: Department of Work and Pensions Child Benefit Statistics

The table below shows the number of families in East Dunbartonshire who were in receipt of child benefit as of 31 August 2021. The largest family type in receipt of child benefit were families with one child, this was also the case for Scotland as a whole.

Families in Receipt of Child Benefit 2021

Area

Total Number of Families

Families with one child

Families with two children

Families with three children

Families with four children

Families with five or more children

East Dunbartonshire

10,175

4,935

4,160

920

135

30

Source: Department of Work and Pensions (as of 31 August 2021)

DWP has rounded figures to the nearest 5 and numbers may not add up to total shown

The table below shows the number of children in families that were receiving child benefit in 2021. The majority of children were aged 5-10 years (5,800) and this was closely followed by children aged 11-15 years (4,820). 

Number of Children in Families Claiming Child Benefit 2021

Area

Total number of children

Number of Children in families aged under 5years

Number of children in families aged 5-10 years

Number of children in families aged 11-15 years

Number of children in families aged16 and over

East Dunbartonshire

16,705

3,720

5,855

5055

2,075

Source: Department of Work and Pensions (as of 31 August 2021)

*DWP has rounded figures to the nearest 5 and numbers may not add up to total shown.

Children in Families with Limited Resources

Statistics on children in families with limited resources were published by the Scottish Government in November 2017 and updated in 2019. It should be noted that these statistics are experimental and provide estimates of the proportion of children in families with combined low income and material deprivation. The statistics are based on figures from the Scottish Household Survey. Families were considered to have a low income if the household income was below 70% of the Scottish average income after housing costs. Material deprivation was defined as families unable to afford three or more basic necessities from a list of 22.

The key findings highlighted that children who live in households with a single parent, adults with a disability, at most one adult in employment, or three or more siblings, are more likely to have limited resources. Children who live in families with two or more adults, or at least two adults in employment, are less likely to have limited resources. 

Children are also more likely to live in families with limited resources if they live in a rented property, or in the most deprived areas, compared with Scotland as a whole. Children are less likely to live in families with limited resources if they live in an accessible rural area, or if they live in the least deprived areas. 

The table below shows that East Dunbartonshire has an estimated 8.4% of children who live in families with limited resources before and after housing costs, considerably lower than Scotland as a whole. 

Children in Families with Limited Resources 2017-19

East Dunbartonshire

Scotland

Percentage of children who live in families with limited resources – After Housing Costs

8.4%

16.6%

Percentage of children who live in families with limited resources – Before Housing Costs

8.4%

13.9%

Source: Scottish Government 2019

Education

Square education caps showing school leavers participation in education, training or employment

Attainment

East Dunbartonshire pupils continue to perform well, achieving high levels of attainment. In East Dunbartonshire, 84.7% of S5 pupils achieved 1+ Level 6 (Higher Level and above) in 2021. There has been an improvement in the following measures compared to previous years: S5 Students achieving 1+, 3+ and 5+ or more awards at Level 6 (Higher).      

S4 Pupils

2018

DIET

2019

DIET

2020 *

DIET

2021 *

DIET

5+ Level 5

National 5 and above

69.6%

67.3%

76.2%

74.0%

 

S5 Pupils

2018

DIET

2019

DIET

 

2020 *

DIET

2021 *

DIET

1+ Level 6

Higher Level and above

78.9%

82.1%

 

 

83.8%

 

84.7%

3+ Level 6

Higher Level and above

60.9%

61.6%

 

 

68.7%

 

71.6%

5+ Level 6

Higher Level and above

35.6%

39.3%

 

 

44.2%

 

46.8%

 

S6 Pupils

2018

DIET

2019

DIET

 

2020 *

DIET

2021 *

DIET

3+ Level 6

Higher Level and above

33.4%

31.7%

 

 

44.6%

 

45.0%

1+ Level 7

Advanced Higher Level

35.9%

32.6%

 

 

40.6%

 

41.1%

Source:  East Dunbartonshire Council

* The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the use of a different approach to assessment in the summer of 2020.  It is important that any interpretation of the above data is within that context.

Annual Participation Measure

The annual participation measure reports on the activity of the wider 16-19 year old group, including those young people at school. The table below shows information from the 2021 report published by the Scottish Government.  A high proportion of school leavers in East Dunbartonshire (96.7%) were participating in education, training or employment, this was higher than Scotland as a whole (92.2%). The percentage of school leavers who were not participating remains low with only 0.8% in this category compared to 3.2% for Scotland. 

Of the 96.1% of 16-19 year olds in East Dunbartonshire who were participating in education, training or employment, 84.5% were participating in Education, 10.7% in employment and 1.0% in other training and development. 

Annual Participation Measure 2021

Area

Participating in Education, Training or Employment

Not Participating (those unemployed seeking employment and others unemployed and not seeking employment)

Unconfirmed Status

Scotland

92.2%

3.2%

4.6%

East Dunbartonshire

96.7%

0.8%

2.5%

Source: Skills Development Scotland – 2021 Annual Participation Measure Report

Crime/Community Safety

Crime Rates per 10,000 Population

East Dunbartonshire is regarded as a safe place to live with the level of crime being significantly lower than the Scottish average with 400 crimes and offences per 10,000 population in 2021/22 compared to the Scottish average of 855 per 10,000 population. The rate of crime per 10,000 population in East Dunbartonshire was lower than the Scottish average in all categories as shown in the table below. 

Recorded Crime per 10,000 population

Crimes

Scotland

East Dunbartonshire

Non-sexual crimes of violence

127

61

Sexual crimes

28

12

Crimes of dishonesty

170

93

Damage and reckless behaviour

81

37

Crimes against society

112

56

Road traffic offences

205

72

Misc. offences

24

17

Source: Scottish Government, Recorded Crime in Scotland per 10,000 population 2021/22

The chart below shows that East Dunbartonshire had the lowest rate of crime per 10,000 population compared to the surrounding local authority areas.    

graph showing total crimes and offences 2021/22

Source: Scottish Government, Recorded Crime in Scotland 2021/22

Accidental and Deliberate Fires                                                                           

The table below shows Primary Fires* by location for East Dunbartonshire. The total number of fires in East Dunbartonshire in 2020/21 was 376 (130 primary fires*, 241 secondary fires# and 5 chimney fires).   

Number of Primary Fires by Location 2020/21

Primary Fires

Dwellings

Other Buildings

Road Vehicles

Others

Total Primary Fires

Primary Fires 2019/20*

74

21

27

8

130

Source: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Incident Statistics Scotland 2020/21

*Primary Fires include all fires in buildings, vehicles and most outdoor structures, or any fire involving casualties or rescues, or fires attended by five or more appliances. 

# Secondary Fires are the majority of outdoor fires, where there was no loss of property and no casualties

East Dunbartonshire had a lower incidence of total primary fires per 100,000 population (119.5) compared to 172.3 for Scotland as a whole. The table below shows primary fires by location per 100,000 for East Dunbartonshire, Scotland and the surrounding local authority areas. 

Primary Fires by Location per 100,000 population for Local Authorities 2020/21

Area

Dwellings

Other Buildings

Road Vehicles

Others

Scotland

85.3

31.4

33.2

22.3

East Dunbartonshire

68.0

19.3

24.8

7.4

East Renfrewshire

55.2

12.5

25.0

9.4

Glasgow

125.1

37.0

46.9

12.9

North Lanarkshire

93.2

31.1

63.6

12.3

Stirling

62.7

40.4

35.1

35.1

West Dunbartonshire

132.4

29.4

36.2

28.3

Source: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Incident Statistics 2020/21

East Dunbartonshire had a lower rate of accidental dwelling and deliberate dwelling fires per 100,000 population compared to Scotland as a whole.

Primary Fires by Motive for Local Authorities -  Rate per 100,000 population 2020/21

Area

Accidental Dwelling Fires

Deliberate Dwelling Fires

Scotland

156.0

19.6

East Dunbartonshire

137.6

19.0

East Renfrewshire

124.2

10.1

Glasgow

216.0

34.7

North Lanarkshire

177.0

24.7

Stirling

114.4

26.2

West Dunbartonshire

225.9

33.2

Source: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Incident Statistics 2020/21

Health

Percentage showing very good and good health circles in East Dunbartonshire and Scotland

General Health

There is limited information on the number of people who have a disability in East Dunbartonshire. The main source of data is the 2011 Census, which asked respondents to assess their own general health in order to respond to the health questions in the census questionnaire. The table below shows the general health reported by residents during the census.

  • 84.9% of residents in East Dunbartonshire reported their health as being very good or good, 2% higher than the Scottish average.
  • The percentage of East Dunbartonshire residents reporting their health as bad or very bad (4.3%) was lower than the Scottish average (5.6%).  

General Health

Area

All people

Very good or good health

Fair health

Bad or very bad health

Scotland

5,295,403

82.2%

12.2%

5.6%

East Dunbartonshire

105,026

84.9%

10.8%

4.3%

Source: 2011 Census

Limiting Health Problem or Disability

The 2011 Census asked people if their day-to-day activities were limited because of a health problem or disability which lasted, or was expected to last, at least 12 months, including those related to age. 

  • East Dunbartonshire had a high percentage of residents whose day-to-day activities were not limited by a health problem or disability (82.6%), 2% above the Scottish average.   

Limiting Health Problem or Disability

Area

Total Population

Day to day activities limited a  lot

Day to day activities limited a little

Day to day activities not limited

Scotland

5,295,403

9.6%

10.1%

80.4%

East Dunbartonshire

105,026

7.8%

9.5%

82.6%

Source: 2011 Census

Teenage Pregnancies

The table below shows the rate of teenage pregnancies per 1,000 women (aged 15-19) in East Dunbartonshire has decreased from 15.66 per 1,000 women (2015 to 2017) to 13.02 per 1,000 women (2017 to 2019). The rate of teenage pregnancies per 1,000 women was considerably lower in East Dunbartonshire when compared to Scotland as a whole. 

Teenage Pregnancy (rate per 1,000 women aged 15-19)

Area

2015 to 2017

2016 to 2018

2017 to 2019

Scotland

31.46

30.50

29.16

East Dunbartonshire

15.66

14.74

13.02

Source: ScotPHO, relating to females aged 15-19

Provision of Unpaid Care                                                                                                                               

In the census, a person was described as a provider of unpaid care if he or she looked after or gave help or support to a family member, friend, neighbour or other person because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or problems related to old age. 

10.9% of residents across East Dunbartonshire provided unpaid care to relatives, friends or neighbours compared with 9.4% in Scotland. This equates to 7,223 people providing 1 to 19 hours unpaid care per week, while 2,501 provided care for over 50 hours per week.

Provision of Unpaid Care

Area

Provides no unpaid care

Provides 1 to 19 hours unpaid care a week

Provides 20 to 34 hours unpaid care a week

Provides 35 to 49 hours unpaid care a week

Provides 50 or more hours unpaid care a week

Scotland

90.7%

5.2%

0.9%

0.8%

2.5%

East Dunbartonshire

89.2%

6.9%

0.9%

0.7%

2.4%

Source: 2011 Census

According to the 2011 Census more females than males provided unpaid care in East Dunbartonshire. The chart below shows a larger proportion of people aged 50 to 64 provided 1-19 hours of unpaid care a week compared to other age groups. This was also the case for those who provided 20 to 34 hours and 35 to 49 hours of unpaid care. Of those who provided 50 hours or more of unpaid care the majority were aged 65 and over. 

Chart showing percentage of unpaid care a week

Source: 2011 Census

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)                                                            

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance (SALSUS) is a national series of surveys of smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school children. The data below provides key findings from the 2018 survey for pupils attending schools in East Dunbartonshire. 

Smoking Prevalence

The findings for East Dunbartonshire in relation to smoking prevalence highlighted the following:

  • 1% of 13 year olds and 5% of 15 year olds reported being regular smokers*. This is 3% lower than the 2013 survey for 15 year olds and no change for those aged 13.
  • 93% of 13 year olds and 72% of 15 year olds reported they had never smoked in the 2018 survey. This was an unchanged percentage for 13 year olds and an increase of 4% for 15 year olds compared to 2013. For 13 year olds this was 6% higher than the Scottish average and 3% higher for 15 year olds. 

Smoking Prevalence 13 and 15 year olds

Smoking Status

Never Smoked

Regular Smokers*

Occasional Smokers

Area

13 year olds

15 year olds

13 year olds

15 year olds

13 year olds

15 year olds

Scotland

87%

69%

2%

7%

2%

7%

East Dunbartonshire

93%

72%

1%

5%

1%

5%

Source: Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) 2018

*Regular smokers (smoking one or more cigarettes per week), Occasional smokers (smoke cigarettes but less than one a week)

Pupils who were regular smokers in East Dunbartonshire reported that their most common source of cigarettes was obtaining them from others by getting others to purchase them. The proportion of regular smokers who reported being given cigarettes by friends/family/carer decreased by 41% compared to 2013. The proportion of 15 year olds who reported either trying or using e-cigarettes increased by 18% compared to the 2013 survey, from 16% to 34%.

Prevalence of Alcohol Use

The results from SALSUS 2018 highlighted that the prevalence of drinking alcohol increased with age. In East Dunbartonshire, 5% of 13 year olds had drank alcohol in the week prior to the survey compared to 16% of 15 year olds. 

The table below shows: 

  • 25% of 13 year olds and 70% of 15 year olds reported they had had an alcoholic drink, an increase of 5% for 13 and 15 year olds when compared to the 2013 survey. For 13 year olds this was 10% less than Scotland as a whole and 1% less for 15 year olds.
  • 16% of 15 year old pupils reported drinking alcohol in the week before the survey.
  • 44% of pupils who had ever had an alcoholic drink reported they had been drunk and 35% of 15 year old pupils who had ever had an alcoholic drink reported they had been drunk more than 10 times. This is an increase of 12% compared to the 2013 survey and 10% higher than Scotland as a whole.

Prevalence of Alcohol Use – 13 and 15 year olds

Questions

Thought it was ok to try drinking alcohol to see what its like

Have had an alcoholic drink

Had an alcoholic drink in the week before survey

Area

13 year olds

15 year olds

13 year olds

15 year olds

13 year olds

15 year olds

Scotland

51%

79%

35%

71%

6%

19%

East Dunbartonshire

46%

84%

25%

70%

5%

16%

Source: Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) 2018

Prevalence of Drug Use

The results of SALSUS for East Dunbartonshire shows a high proportion of pupils in East Dunbartonshire reported they had never taken drugs (94% of 13 year olds and 74% of 15 year olds). 

The 2018 survey highlighted the following in terms of drug use for East Dunbartonshire secondary pupils:

  • 2% of 13 year olds reported they had used drugs in the last month prior to the survey. This has remained the same since the 2013 survey.     
  • 22% of 15 year olds reported that they had used drugs in the year prior the survey; an increase of 1% since the 2013 survey.
  • 53% of 15 year olds reported they had been offered drugs, an increase  of 11% compared to the 2013 survey and 6% higher than Scotland as a whole. 
  • 21% of 13 year olds and 52% of 15 year olds reported that it would be ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ easy to get illegal drugs if they wanted to.  This was a 9% decrease for 13 year olds and an 11% for 15 years olds since the 2013 survey.  For 15 year olds this was 3% higher than the Scottish average and 2% lower for 13 year olds.   

Prevalence of Drug Use

Drug experience

Never tried drugs

Reported using drugs in the last month

Area

13 year olds

15 year olds

13 year olds

15 year olds

Scotland

93%

79%

4%

12%

East Dunbartonshire

94%

74%

2%

12%

Source: Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) 2018

Travel           

The Census asked respondents to define the mode of transport used to cover the longest part, by distance, of their usual journey to work or study. Increases were seen in almost every council area in the proportion of people driving to work between 2001 and 2011.   

Travel to Work or Study                                                                                                                    

  • The majority of residents in East Dunbartonshire travelled to work or study by car or van (45%), just over 4% higher than the Scottish average (40.9%).
  • The percentage of residents working or studying mainly from home in East Dunbartonshire (9.5%) was lower than the Scottish average (11.3%). 

Type of Transport

East Dunbartonshire

Scotland

Work/Study mainly from home

9.5%

11.3%

Underground, metro light rail or tram

0.1%

0.3%

Train

8.2%

3.5%

Bus, minibus or coach

10.5%

13.4%

Taxi or mini-cab

0.9%

0.7%

Driving a car or van

45.0%

40.9%

Passenger in a car or van

9.3%

9.0%

Motorcycle, scooter or moped

0.2%

0.2%

Bicycle

0.7%

1.3%

On foot

14.9%

18.5%

Other

0.6%

0.9%

Source: 2011 Census

Distance Travelled to Work                                                                                                                                  

The table below shows the distance travelled to work by people aged 16-74 in employment. 

  • The majority of people in East Dunbartonshire travelled between 5km and 10km to their place of work (30.1%); this was higher than the Scottish average of 17.1%. 
  • A small percentage of people in East Dunbartonshire travel 60km and over to their place of work (1.9%).   

Distance Travelled to Work

East Dunbartonshire

Scotland

Work or study mainly from home

9.7%

10.8%

Less than 2km

7.6%

13.1%

2km to less than 5km

12.8%

19.3%

5km to less than 10km

30.1%

17.1%

10km to less than 20km

21.5%

15.1%

20km to less than 30km

3.6%

6.5%

30km to less than 40km

1.3%

2.9%

40km to less than 60km

1.2%

2.2%

60km and over

1.9%

2.0%

Other

10.3%

10.9%

Source: 2011 Census

Car and Van Availability 

The 2011 Census asked respondents how many cars or vans were owned, or available for use by members of the household. 

East Dunbartonshire had 43.1% of households with one car or van available for use and 30.2% of households with two or more cars or vans available for use. 19% of households in East Dunbartonshire did not have access to a car or van, well below the Scottish average of 30.5%.

Car and Van Availability

Area

No Car or Van

One Car or Van

Two Cars or Vans

Three Cars or Vans

Four Cars or Vans

Scotland

30.5%

42.2%

21.6%

4.3%

1.3%

East Dunbartonshire

19.0%

43.1%

30.2%

6.1%

1.6%

Source: 2011 Census

Railway Station Usage

Passenger rail usage during 2020/21 was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Scotland, Wales and all nine regions in England recorded substantial falls in journeys in 2020/21, which was driven by measures to limit the spread of the pandemic. This chart below shows substantial decreases in rail usage for all six stations in East Dunbartonshire during 2020/21.

Chart showing railway station usage

Source: Office of Rail and Road, 2020/21 Estimates of Station Usage

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020

Background

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) is the official measure of deprivation in Scotland and identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation. The Index provides a relative measure of deprivation and is used to compare small areas (datazones) across Scotland by providing each zone with a unique ranking from most deprived (Rank 1) to least deprived (Rank 6,976).  Further information on SIMD can be accessed on the Scottish government website.

Datazones are a commonly used geography across Scotland and are determined by population rather than size, therefore urban datazones have a smaller geographical area than rural datazones. The average datazone has a population of 760 people. There are currently 130 datazones within East Dunbartonshire.  

Methodology

Scotland is split into 6,976 small areas called datazones with roughly equal populations. Indicators to measure the different sides of deprivation in each datazone are looked at, like pupil performance, travel times to GP, crime, unemployment and many others. These 38 indicators of deprivation are grouped into seven types, called domains. The seven domains (shown in the table below) are combined into one SIMD, ranking each datazone from one (most deprived) to 6,976 (least deprived). This provides a measure of relative deprivation at datazone level and shows that one datazone is relatively more deprived than another but not how much more deprived.  

SIMD Domain

Related Indicators

Income

Percentage of people who are income deprived and receive certain benefits

Health

Hospital stays related to alcohol and drug misuse, standardised mortality ration, emergency stays in hospital, proportion of population prescribed drugs for anxiety, depression or psychosis, proportion of live singleton births at low birth weight, comparative illness factor.

Employment

Percentage of working age people who are employment deprived and receive certain benefits

Education

School pupil attendance, attainment of school leavers, working age people with no qualifications, proportion of people aged 16-19 not in full time education, employment or training, proportion of 17-21 year olds entering into full time education

Housing

Percentage of people living in households that are overcrowded, percentage of people living in households with no central heating

Access to Services

Average drive time to a petrol station, GP surgery, post office, primary school, secondary school and retail centre

Public transport travel time to a GP surgery, post office and retail centre

Crime

Recorded crimes of violence, sexual offences, domestic housebreaking, vandalism, drugs offences and common assault per 10,000 people

SIMD can be analysed by looking at datazones below a certain rank, such as the 10%, 15% or 25% most deprived datazones in Scotland. For example, deciles split up Scotland’s datazones into ten groups, each containing 10% of them. Datazones ranked between one and 697 (the first decile) are the 10% most deprived datazones in Scotland. 

While the SIMD measures concentrations of deprivation, it is not a measure of relative affluence and should not be used as such. For example, it would be incorrect to say the datazone ranked 6,976 is the most affluent in Scotland but it can be stated that it is the least deprived.  Although the SIMD identifies areas with deprivation it does not mean that everyone living in the area is deprived, likewise there may be deprived people living in areas that are not deprived according to SIMD. 

Key Findings

East Dunbartonshire remains relatively less deprived in contrast to other Scottish local authorities with the majority of East Dunbartonshire datazones falling into the least deprived areas of the SIMD. Although East Dunbartonshire, as a whole, is relatively less deprived than other local authorities in Scotland, there are specific areas within East Dunbartonshire that fall below the Scottish average. 

East Dunbartonshire has eight datazones in the most deprived 25% in Scotland. These are located in Hillhead, Auchinairn, Lennoxtown, Kirkintilloch West and Keystone and Dougalston in Milngavie. Hillhead remains the most deprived area in East Dunbartonshire according to SIMD. The datazone in Keystone and Dougalstone in Milngavie has entered the top 25% most deprived. Of the individual domains East Dunbartonshire has the most deprived datazones in the access domain which would be expected given the rural nature of certain parts of the authority.

East Dunbartonshire Datazones in the most deprived 25% in Scotland

Datazone

Intermediate Area

2020 Rank

2020 Decile

2016 Rank

Decile 2016

Improvement

S01008137

Hillhead

193

1

458

1

Red circle

S01008159

Lennoxtown

604

1

1,202

2

Red circle

S01008139

Hillhead*

654

1

1,373

2

Red circle

S01008138

Hillhead

770

2

740

2

Green tick

S01008131

Kirkintilloch West

1307

2

1,149

2

Green tick

S01008106

Auchinairn

1564

3

1,157

2

Green tick

S01008103

Auchinairn

1605

3

2,038

3

Red circle

S01008046

Keystone and Dougalston

1723

3

1,982

3

Red circle

Further Information

Information is available at smaller geography levels and further analysis of the statistics found in this document can be provided on request by contacting the Corporate Performance and Research Team. 

Corporate Performance & Research Team

East Dunbartonshire Council

12 Strathkelvin Place

Kirkintilloch

G66 1TJ

Tel:  0300 123 4510

Email:  ppr@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

All released census data can be found on the Scotland’s Census website