Highland, Inverness, and Nairn population facts and figures
You’d think with all the recent talk of development that many in the Highlands thinks Inverness is being turned into a giant megacity, and the A96 corridor as a sprawling conurbation – where the locals want out and other towns want in!
So for comparison, I thought I’d do some research that puts into perspective the size of the population for relative measurement.
Highlands of Scotland
Compared to the rest of Scotland, this means the entire Highlands of Scotland:
- has a similar population to Aberdeen City (193,379)
- has half the population of the City of Edinburgh (420,893)
- has one sixth the population of Glasgow (1,199,629)
Additionally, the Highlands of Scotland:
Compared to England and Wales, there are 31 urban areas that have a larger population than the Highlands according to the same 2001 census data, with the entire Highlands of Scotland population easily outranked by towns such as:
Kingston upon Hull 301,416
Swansea Urban Area 270,506
Southend Urban Area 269,415
Preston Urban Area 264,601
Blackpool Urban Area 261,088
Aldershot Urban Area 243,344
Derby Urban Area 236,738
The Medway Towns Urban Area 231,659
The most comparable area for population size is part of South Yorkshire known as the Dearne Valley Urban Area, which is mostly Barnsley and a few small outlying villages along the same river.
The population of the Highlands of Scotland is bigger than:
Northampton Urban Area 197,199
Norwich Urban Area 194,839
Milton Keynes Urban Area 184,506
Sunderland Urban Area 182,974
Crawley Urban Area 180,177
Wigan Urban Area 166,840
Warrington Urban Area 158,195
So, the Highlands of Scotland covers a huge area, but it’s population is dwarfed by major towns in England.
In fact, the entire population of the Highlands is probably similar to a medium-sized Northern town in England.
In fact, the population of the Highlands could all comfortably fit into Blackpool!
So how does Inverness, with a population of 42,880 in 2001 compare?
Inverness is smaller than:
Inverness is larger than:
The town of Nairn, with a population of 7,892 in the 2001 census, is smaller than:
Nairn is larger than: