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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 2011, population growth of 4.3 per cent to 94,760 in 2017.
  • 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 (8.4 per cent), Eaglesham and Waterfoot (7.1 per cent), Clarkston and Williamwood (3.8 per cent), Uplawmoor (2.1 per cent), Busby (2.1 per cent), Netherlee and Stamperland (1.2 per cent), Giffnock (1.1 per cent) and Barrhead (0.7 per cent), Population declined in Neilston and Thornliebank.
  • Numbers of children and young people increased by 6.2 per cent from 2011 to 2017. East Renfrewshire has the highest proportion of 5-9year olds and 10-14 year olds in Scotland . 
  • Declining death rates in all ages has lead to higher life expectancies for both men (80.1 years) and women (83.5). This is the second-highest life expectancy in Scotland for males and the highest life expectancy in Scotland for Females.
  • By 2041, almost one quarter of East Renfrewshire will be aged 65 or over.
  • Single person households account for 30 per cent of the East Renfrewshire area. 
  • Although East Renfrewshire still has the highest average household size, at 2.42 people this is projected to reduce due to an increasing ageing population and more people living alone. .
  • 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.
  • Increasing pattern of more people entering East Renfrewshire than leaving (819 more moving in than leaving in 2015/16) and people aged 30-45 account for the largest proportion of entrants, mostly coming from Glasgow.
  • 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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