Rurality: key points

  • Rural areas in Scotland are much more thinly populated than urban areas and have much more elderly populations.

  • Life expectancy is generally higher in remote and rural areas, although this is likely to be partially due to differences in deprivation and healthy migrant effects.

  • Measurement of deprivation in rural areas is imperfect because of the spatial distribution of the population and heterogeneity of populations counted in the same unit area.

Section Updates:

  • This section was first published in March 2015.
  • The next review and update is due to be carried out by end March 2017.