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Summary: Gender and Rural and Environment

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Gender Page

Rural and Environment Page


Life Expectancy at Birth by Geographic Area, 2011-2013


  • For males, the life expectancy in remote rural and accessible rural areas is around 79 years, nearly 3 years more than in the rest of Scotland. For females, the life expectancy in rural areas is around 82 years, nearly 2 years more than in the rest of Scotland.

Source: Rural Scotland Key Facts 2015 (Published: 2015)

  • In 2016 men were slightly more likely than women to visit the outdoors for recreation at least once a week (50% of men compared to 47% of women).

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Environment (Last updated: September 2017)

Climate Change
  • In 2016 the same proportion of men and women viewed climate change as an immediate and urgent problem (55%).

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Environment (Last updated: September 2017)

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Rural Scotland Key Facts 2015 (2015) This booklet summarises key facts relating to the economy, transport, education, health and housing, comparing and contrasting remote and accessible remote areas with the rest of Scotland. Includes analysis by age, gender and deprivation.

Drivers of youth out-migration from rural Scotland (2008) A review of the research literature to explore the key drivers of youth out-migration from rural Scotland. Considers age and gender

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Gender Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to gender



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by gender


External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Voices of women in rural Scotland (Scottish Women’s Convention, 2012) The comprehensive report is organised around the key themes of education, health and wellbeing, housing, local services and transport and travel.

Statistics in more details


Rural and Environment