Spent a week cycling from Barra to Lochmaddy, then from Uig in Skye to Mallaig with various journeys on the train and ferry en-route. As ever pondered what the Census says about this area and have investigated some key demographics of the major islands on the way.
Next on to South Uist/Uibhist A Deas
The usually resident population decreased by 64 from 1818 in 2001 to 1754 in 2011.
This change was not spread evenly across age groups which is illustrated in the figure below.
In 2001, 22 per cent of the population was aged 0 to 15 years old. This reduced to 19 per cent in 2011. A similar change is seen in the age group 30 to 44 from 21 per cent to 17 per cent.
In 2001, 15 per cent of the population was aged between 60 and 74 years old, with a further 7 per cent aged 75 years and over. In 2011, these had increased to 19 percent aged between 60 and 74 and 8 per cent aged 75 year and over.
In order to understand this change, it is necessary to look at statistics on migration and mortality statistics.
Some other key census 2011 stats on South Uist/Uibhis A Deas
There are 781 occupied households , 77 unoccupied household spaces which are second or holiday home, and 33 unoccupied household spaces which are vacant
29 per cent of people aged 16 and over living in households are single
65 per cent of people aged 3 and over can speak Gaelic
56 per cent of people aged 3 and over speak Gaelic at home
64 per cent of people stated their religion as Roman Catholic
53 per cent of people aged 16 to 74 are employed full-time or part-time
11 per cent of people aged 16 to 74 are self-employed