Living in East Dunbartonshire

Natural environment; positive attributes

East Dunbartonshire lies to north of Glasgow, bounded by the Campsie Fells and the Kilpatrick Hills. It is a strategically significant location for economic, social and environmental development between the city, the gateway to the Highlands, through the West Highland Way and eastwards through the Kelvin Valley. It has a population of around 106,000 and comprises the suburban and rural towns and villages of Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Lennoxtown, Lenzie, Milngavie, Milton of Campsie, Torrance and Twechar.

East Dunbartonshire provides an outstanding natural environment and has many positive attributes. It is a flourishing area, with relatively high levels of home and car ownership. The region offers a healthy environment with life expectancy rates well above the national average and is one of the safest areas in Scotland in which to live, with levels of recorded crime well below the national average. Local schools consistently achieve high attainment levels, and performance rates for pupils achieving three or more higher are well above the national average, while unemployment is substantially lower than in other areas of Scotland. Our leisure centres are well used and our newest, state of the art leisure centre in Kirkintilloch has just been awarded four star status by Visit Scotland.

East Dunbartonshire has a relatively stable population, though the demographic breakdown continues to change. Similar to most areas throughout Scotland, we currently have a rapidly aging population, with increasing numbers of people aged between 50 and retirement age and decreasing numbers of younger people in age bands 16-24 and 25-49. This is a trend that is forecast to continue over the next decade.