Rural Scotland Key Facts 2021 compares and contrasts circumstances in remote and accessible rural areas to the rest of Scotland. It includes these findings:

  • Population growth is faster in rural Scotland
  • There is a higher proportion of older people in rural Scotland, particularly in remote rural areas
  • Rural areas are a ‘very good’ place to live
  • Rural households are less likely connect to the internet using superfast broadband
  • School leavers in remote rural areas are more likely to go straight into employment
  • Homes are more expensive in rural Scotland
  • Micro businesses are the biggest employer in rural areas
  • Rates of employment are higher in rural areas