Population growth in East Renfrewshire increased during the decade to 2021, latest figures show.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of people living in the area grew by 6.4%, compared to 1.6% in the previous decade.

East Renfrewshire’s estimated population in mid-2021 was 96,580, which is an increase of 520 from the previous year.

Out of this total, 46,272 were men and 50,308 were women.
Compared to mid-2001, there were 7,170 more people living in East Renfrewshire, with the population growing slightly more slowly than the Scottish average over the past two decades.

The region is one of the most densely populated areas in Scotland, with 554 people per square kilometre.

Other than Scotland’s cities, only Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire have a higher population density than East Renfrewshire.

The report also revealed the area’s population has been ageing over the past two decades.

In mid-2001, the average age of people living in East Renfrewshire was 39.7.

However, this figure has since increased to 43.7 – higher than the Scottish average of 42.2.

Across the UK, population growth appears to have slowed in all four nations since mid-2011.

Overall, the UK population is estimated to have grown by 5.9% in the decade to June 2021 – up by 3.7 million to a total of 67 million.

This compares with growth of 7.1% in the decade to mid-2011.

The UK is also continuing to see a long-term shift towards an older population, with the median age in June 2021 estimated at 40.7 years – up from 39.6 in June 2011.