X Percent of the Population of Scotland Lives Within Y Miles of Glasgow

I have often heard that X percent of the population Scotland live within Y miles of Glasgow. With the X and the Y varying between claimant.

This is a pretty easy question to answer, using the 2011 Scottish Census population results and the Census Output Area Population Weighted Centroids. Then we get the extents of Glasgow City Council from OS Boundary Line.

The results are:

Pop. Count: %
Scotland 5295403 100
Glasgow 593245 11.2
25 km 2002431 37.8
50 km 2839583 53.6
50 miles 3776701 71.3
100 km 4201860 79.3
100 miles 4483330 84.7

Pretty interesting results, especially the within 50 miles query.

To see how these boundaries look on a map:

Population buffers around Glasgow

A few caveats:
We are using the population weighted centroids, which will produce some minor inaccuracies, but is a very good generalisation.
Also we are using euclidean buffers on the British National Grid plain, so these are not geodesic buffers. The difference will likely be small at these distances.

6 thoughts on “X Percent of the Population of Scotland Lives Within Y Miles of Glasgow

    1. kaibeezy

      hey – been waiting to see if you would recalc this centered on Edinburgh – i’m betting it’s closer to 75% – yes, you drop Ayr but also large sparsely populated areas on the west, add Dundee and more densely populated areas in the east

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