Census figures show how rapidly East Dunbartonshire’s elderly population is growing

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THE latest census statistics show East Dunbartonshire’s elderly population growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in Scotland.

The figures, published by the Nations Records of Scotland (NRS), last week show that between 2001 and 2011 there was a remarkable 44 per cent increase in the number of people aged 80 and over living in the area.

This compares to a Scottish average of 19 per cent, while in neighbouring Glasgow the figure was just three per cent.

Meanwhile, the number of residents aged 15-39 has dropped by 18 per cent - one of the largest declines in Scotland.

In the decade between censuses there was a three per cent drop in the population of East Dunbartonshire, which in 2011 stood at roughly 105,000.

The drop is reflected in the number of households, which has only increased by three per cent - the second lowest increase in Scotland after Inverclyde.

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