Gargunnock in Numbers
by Geoff Peart
The Registrar General for Scotland has recently published his 2004 mid-year estimate (they are always a bit behind!) of the population of Gargunnock. The figure for the “locality” (essentially the village and not the surrounding farms) of Gargunnock is 820. This is up from the 2001 census figure of 694 – an increase of 126 or +18% ( due mainly to Millbrae).
Every 10 years since 1801 (although not 1941) there has been an official census of the population of Scotland. As most people will know, the latest one was undertaken in April 2001 and over the past few months the detailed figures have become available for small communities like Gargunnock. Consequently, we can now see how we shape up compared with Scotland as a whole.
The latest census figures show a population of 694 for the “locality” of Gargunnock, which is the built up area of the village. This is just below the 1991 figure and quite a bit lower than 1971, when the figure was 940 (although this relates to the wider parish). The population is smaller, even though there has been a lot of new housing built since the 1970s, because the number of people occupying each house has fallen from an average of over 3 to the present figure of 2.5 (and falling). In fact in 2001 there were 278 households compared with only 271 in 1991.
Figure 1: Gargunnock Population 1971-2001
Between 1991 and 2001 the male population of the village rose from 45.7% to 49.7% – it must be something in the water? There are also 1.26 males per female under the age of 25, although the Scottish average is 1.04. Bad luck chaps!
The age structure of the village population is also changing. Figure 2 shows the differences between 1991 and 2001. The population is generally older now (broken down by age and sex!). 42% are over 45 (and rising) while there were only 32 children aged 4 and under in 2001 compared with 48 in 1991.
Figure 2: Age Structure 1991 – 2001
Against national trends, the percentage of married people in the village went up from 53.7% in 1991 to 63.3% in 2001. This is also more than the average for Scotland of 49.8% – so maybe the lack of females isn’t a problem after all?
Gargunnock is more nationally diverse than Scotland as a whole with 17% of the population born in England (compared with 8% in Scotland), over 2% from both parts of Ireland (compared with 1%) and nearly 4% from elsewhere in the world. According to the census, there are also 8 people who can speak Gaelic in the village.
Figure 3: Housing Tenure 2001
Figure 3 shows that 77% of all the houses in the village are now owner occupied compared with 63% in Scotland as a whole. Nearly all have central heating (96%) and there are no outside toilets!! It is not recorded how many people keep coal in the bath! 59% of Gargunnock’s houses are detached (compared with 20% of Scotland’s), 10% terraced (compared with 20%) while only 5% are flats/apartments compared with 36% in the country as a whole.
Our average household size is bigger than Scotland’s (2.50 persons compared with 2.27). This is due to fewer one person households (25% against 33%) and more 4+ person households (25% against 18% across Scotland).
The air, if not the water (its just the taste isn’t what it was), must be doing us all good. Figure 4 shows how we feel about our health compared with the nation as a whole.
Figure 4: General Health
However, 83 people in the village do have some form of long term illness and 48 of our number are recorded as looking after them.
There are 154 full-time students in Gargunnock representing 31% of the 16-74 aged population. This compares with an equivalent figure for Scotland of 26%. We’re obviously all a clever lot, as 81% have some form of qualification, compared with only 67% in the country as a whole.
A higher proportion of the 16-74 age group who live in Gargunnock are in work (65%) than Scotland (58%) as a whole. This is mainly due to a greater proportion of self-employed people (9%, although this is down from 12% in 1991). Unemployment is also very low at just over a third of the national rate (1.4%).
Figure 5: Employment
Figure 5 shows which areas the 320 employed people in the village work in. Only 2% now work in agriculture or forestry, and just under 9% in manufacturing, so nearly 90% are working in the service sector.
The village has a very high proportion of managers and professionals (46% against 24% for Scotland) but only 6% in skilled trades compared with 13% in the country as a whole. About 27% are in technical and administrative occupations which is the same as for Scotland.
It will not be a surprise to learn that car ownership per household is high (88% compared with 66% for Scotland), although it was 86% at the last census. However, 51% of households in the village now have 2 or more cars compared with 22% in Scotland.
Figure 6: Travel to Work
Four fifths of us travel to work by car compared with two thirds in the country as a whole, while only 1 in 17 use the bus. However, 8% of economically active residents now work from home which is a bit higher than the national average (6%).
The figures presented here represent only a small fraction of what is available from the 2001 Census. Anyone interested in finding out more can contact the census website at www.scrol.gov.uk.