Demographics

Projected population (2010-based) for 2010 and 2035 broad age group for the Scottish Border

 Age Group        

 2010                   

 2035                    

Projected Change -% 

 0-15

 19,880

21,458                  

7.9

 16-29

 15,570

17,094 

9.8 

 30-49

 29,544

26,773 

-9.4 

 50-64

 24,996

20,561 

-17.7 

 64-75

12,633 

18,603 

47.3 

 75+

10,247

20,335 

98.4 

 Working Age Demography

The 2011 Census identified the Scottish Borders had 113,870 people, of which 62% (70,710) were aged between 16-64. The table below shows the projected changes (%) in age structure for both the Scottish Borders and Scotland between 2010 and 2035.  

Age Group Distrubution : Scotland Vs Scottish Borders 2010 – 2035 (%)

Age Group

2010

2035

Scotland (%)

Scottish Borders(%)

Scotland(%)

Scottish Borders(%)

0-15 (Pre working age)

17

18

16

17

16-64 (Working age)

66

62

59

52

65+ (Post working age)

17

20

25

31

Ethnic Groups

According to the 2011 Census 98.71% of people in the Scottish Borders considers their ethnic group to be white – this is a higher figure than that for Scotland (96.2%).

Scottish Borders

Scotland

Number

Percent (%)

Percent (%)

All people

113,870

100.00

100.00

White

112,400

98.71

96.02

White:Scottish

89,741

78.81

83.95

White:Other British

18,624

16.36

7.88

White: Irish

767

0.67

1.02

White: Gypsy/Traveller

64

0.06

0.08

White: Polish

1302

1.14

1.16

White: Other White

1902

1.67

1.93

Mixed or multiple ethnic groups

316

0.28

0.37

Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British

733

0.64

2.66

Africa

207

0.18

0.56

Carribean or Black

91

0.08

0.12

Other ethnic groups

123

0.11

0.27

2011 Population aged 3 and over by language used at home

According to the 2011 Census, there are 110514 people in the Scottish Borders who are aged 3 and over, the table below identifies the languages these people use at home. This identifies that there is a similar proportion of Polish speakers in the Scottish Borders compared to Scotland.

Scottish Borders

Scotland

Number

Percent (%)

Percent(%)

English only

105,456

95.42

92.62

Gaelic

40

0.04

0.49

Scots

1,219

1.10

1.09

British Sign Language

228

0.21

0.24

Polish

1,161

1.05

1.06

Other

2,410

2.18

4.50

Scottish Borders In Figures 2010 is a compendium of facts and figures about the demographic, social and economic health of Scottish Borders. 

Closer than you think

4.5 million people live within a two hour drive time of the central Scottish Borders.
 
Nearly 8 million people live within a three hour drive time.