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Key facts and figures

Geographic and economic facts and summary statistics for North Ayrshire. Facts and statistics presented are obtained from a number of sources.

Geographical coverage

North Ayrshire covers an area of around 886 sq.km (mainland 441 sq.km, islands 445sq.km) and has a coastline of 225km (mainland 67km, islands 158km).

The main settlements are Irvine, Kilwinning, Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Beith, Dalry, Kilbirnie, Largs, Dreghorn, Springside, West Kilbride, Seamill, Fairlie, Skelmorlie, Brodick and Millport.

Demography

Population

Based on the Census in 2011. The population of North Ayrshire is 138,146, an increase of 2,329 (+1.7%) since 2001. There are 65,804 men (47.6%) and 72,342 women (52.4%).

The table below shows the breakdown of the population by 5 year age bands and gender as well as a comparison with Scotland:

North Ayrshire Population (2011)
Age groupNumber of malesNumber of femalesTotal numberTotal (%)Scotland (%)
0 to 4 3,751 3,669 7,420 5.4 5.5
5 to 9 3,692 3,538 7,230 5.2 5.1
10 to 14 4,097 3,913 8,010 5.8 5.5
15 to 19 4,505 4,272 8,777 6.4 6.2
20 to 24 3,945 4,001 7,946 5.8 6.9
25 to 29 3,478 3,809 7,287 5.3 6.5
30 to 34 3,364 3,727 7,091 5.1 6.1
35 to 39 3,859 4,380 8,239 6.0 6.4
40 to 44 4,760 5,416 10,176 7.4 7.5
45 to 49 5,101 5,723 10,824 7.8 7.8
50 to 54 4,841 5,188 10,029 7.3 7.1
55 to 59 4,400 4,904 9,304 6.7 6.2
60 to 64 4,777 5,138 9,915 7.2 6.4
65 to 69 3,775 4,198 7,973 5.8 4.9
70 to 74 3,047 3,563 6,610 4.8 4.2
75 to 79 2,249 2,853 5,102 3.7 3.4
80 to 84 1,290 2,051 3,341 2.4 2.4
85 to 89 639 1,258 1,897 1.4 1.4
90 to 94 195 559 754 0.5 0.5
95 to 99 37 160 197 0.1 0.1
100+ 2 22 24 0.02 0.02
Children (0 to 15) 12,442 12,041 24,483 17.7 17.3
Working age (16-64) 42,128 45,637 87,765 63.5 65.9
Pensionable age (64+) 11,234 14,664 25,898 18.7 16.8
Total 65,804 72,342 138,146 100 100

Source: Census 2011

National Records of Scotland (NRS) released the first set of topic based data from the 2011 Census on 26 September 2013. The results covered the following topics:

  • Population
  • Ethnicity, Identity, Language & Religion
  • Health
  • Housing & Accommodation

The Census profile (Excel, 41kb) summarises the results for North Ayrshire.

Population projections

Population projections are based on 2014 mid year estimates.

North Ayrshire Projected Population (2014 based) by gender and broad age group (2014-2039)
Age group201420192024202920342039
0 to 15 23,369 22,714 22,062 21,253 20,748 20,066
16 to 29 21,986 20,468 19,020 18,112 17,721 17,105
30 to 49 33,397 29,953 28,257 28,093 26,974 25,988
50 to 64 29,231 30,509 29,736 26,513 23,425 21,957
65 to 74 16,321 17,054 17,294 18,759 19,580 18,345
75 + 12,176 13,937 16,612 18,470 20,505  22,834
Total 136,480 134,636 132,981 131,200 128,953 126,295

Source: National Records of Scotland 2014

Households

According to the 2011 Census there were 62,498 households in North Ayrshire, an increase of 3,772 (+6.4%) since 2001. This table shows the number and percentage of households by size.

North Ayrshire Household by size (2011)
Size of householdNumber of householdsPercentage of total
1 person 21,610 34.6
2 persons 21,513 34.4
3 persons 9,446 15.1
4 persons 6,976 11.2
5+ persons 2,953 4.7
Total 62,498 100

Source: 2011 Census, National Records of Scotland

Household projections

Household projections are based on 2014 household estimates. 

North Ayrshire Projected Households (2014-2039)
Area201420192024202920342039
North Ayrshire 62,802 63,732 64,009 63,964 63,602 63,051

Source: National Records of Scotland 2014

More information on the 2011 Census and population/household projections can be found at:

Labour market

Information on the North Ayrshire labour market can be found on the NOMIS website.

Deprivation

The Scottish Government published the latest version of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) on 31 August 2016. The SIMD uses a range of socio-economic data to calculate deprivation across small areas known as data zones. There are 6,976 datazones across Scotland each with an average population of around 800 people.

Of the 186 data zones in North Ayrshire 51 are in the 15% most deprived in Scotland, an increase of 5 since the index was last published in 2012. Breakdowns for the North Ayrshire data zones in the 5%, 10% and 15% most deprived in Scotland are shown in the table below:

Number of North Ayrshire datazones in most deprived 5%, 10% and 15% (2004-2016)
North Ayrshire20042006200920122016Change 04-16Change 12-16
Most deprived 0-5% 6 9 10 12 12 6 0
Most deprived 6-10% 10 14 16 19 20 10 1
Most deprived 11-15% 17 10 17 15 19 2 4
Most deprived 0-15% 33 33 43 46 51 13 5

Source: Scottish Government 2016

Across North Ayrshire the 51 data zones in the 15% most deprived in Scotland are distributed as shown here:

Number of datazones in 15% most deprived in Scotland by North Ayrshire Locality Area (2004-2016)
Most deprived 15%20042006200920122016Change 04-16Change 12-16
Irvine 10 10 14 16 19 9 3
Kilwinning 6 4 6 5 6 0 1
Three Towns 15 16 19 19 18 3 -1
Garnock Valley 2 3 4 6 7 5 1
North Coast 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Arran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Ayrshire 33 33 43 46  51 15 5

Source: Scottish Government 2016

More information on deprivation statistics can be found on the Scottish Government website.