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