Census figures show 10% fall in Bute population

A busy day in Rothesay at the Bute Highland Games - but overall the island's population fell by 10.1 per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to newly-released census figures.
A busy day in Rothesay at the Bute Highland Games - but overall the island's population fell by 10.1 per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to newly-released census figures.

Bute’s population fell by more than ten per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to new census figures released by the Scottish Government.

The island’s population on the day of the 2011 census was 6,498, compared to 7,228 people in 2001.

The number of households on Bute also fell during the same ten-year period, from 3,570 in 2001 to 3,387 ten years previously - a decrease of 183, or 5.13 per cent.

By comparison, the island’s population at the 1991 census was 7,354, and in 1981 the figure was 7,311.

The 2011 figures contrast sharply with the statistics for all Scotland’s inhabited islands, which together saw a population increase of 3.97 per cent over the ten-year period from 2001, from 99,739 people to 103,702 - a slightly smaller increase than the 4.6 per cent rise for the population of Scotland as a whole.

Other islands which saw a decrease in population included Arran (from 5,045 people to 4,629, a fall of 8.25 per cent), Great Cumbrae (from 1,434 people to 1,376, a fall of 4.04 per cent), Tiree (from 770 to 653, a fall of 15.19 per cent) and Islay (from 3,457 people to 3,228, a fall of 6.62 per cent).

The population rose by 5.5 per cent on Lewis and Harris (19,918 to 21,031), by 4.99 per cent on Mull (2,667 to 2,800) and by 8.41 per cent on Skye (9,232 to 10,008).

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