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Council performance, statistics and spending

Executive Summary

Key highlights from Planning for the Future report.

Graphic of East Renfrewshire area coverage

Current and likely future demographic trends in East Renfrewshire include:

  • Since 2001, population growth of 4.4 per cent to 93,810 in 2016.
  • Seventy four per cent live in the Eastwood area and 26 per cent live in the Levern Valley. 
    Population growth over the past decade concentrated in Newton Mearns (5.7 per cent), Busby (5.4 per cent), Clarkston and Williamwood (4.5 per cent), Uplawmoor (3.5 per cent), Barrhead (3.2 per cent), Eaglesham and Waterfoot (3.2 per cent), Netherlee and Stamperland (1.1 per cent). Population declined in Neilston, Giffnock and Thornliebank.
  • Numbers of children and young people increased by 7.5 per cent from 2011 to 2014. East Renfrewshire has the highest proportion of 10-14 and 15-16 year olds in Scotland and the second highest proportion of 5-9 year olds.
  • Declining death rates in all ages, leading to higher life expectancies for both men (79.8) and women (82.8). This is the second-highest life expectancy in Scotland.
  • By 2025, almost one quarter of East Renfrewshire will be aged 65 or over.
  • Single person households increased by 4 per cent from 2001-2011 and now account for 30 per cent of the East Renfrewshire area.  The total number of households is projected to change from 38,270 in 2015 to 42,498 in 2037, an increase of 11 per cent.
  • Although East Renfrewshire still has the highest average household size, this reduction in population has led to a decrease in average household size from 2.54 to 2.42.
  • Joint second highest in Scotland for percentage who are married or same sex couples with the second lowest proportion of divorcees.
  • One of the most ethnically and culturally diverse areas in Scotland with significant Muslim and Jewish communities.
  • Significantly increasing pattern of more people entering East Renfrewshire than leaving (2,056 more over the past 3 years) and people aged 30-44 account for the largest proportion of entrants, mostly coming from Glasgow. Around 42 per cent of all house sales in East Renfrewshire in 2014 were people moving within East Renfrewshire.
  • Increasing demand for private sector rental market in Eastwood area and the number of private sector rentals has significantly increased over past 10 years. Meanwhile the highest proportion of people who own their house by mortgage with house prices in the Eastwood area remaining amongst the most expensive in Scotland.

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