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Summary: Gender and Rural and Environment

rural communitySummary: Gender and Rural and Environment

  • 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: National Records of Scotland (Using Scottish Government Urban-Rural Classification 2013-2014)


                                Life Expectancy at Birth by Geographic Area, 2011-2013


Source: Rural Scotland Key Facts 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


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

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016


Useful Links

Gender Page

Rural and Environment Page

Publications and Outputs



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

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

External Links

External Links

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Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Natural Heritage

Special Study on Rural Poverty (SAC, 2008)

Voices of women in rural Scotland (Scottish Women’s Convention, 2012)

Developing Gender Research in Rural Scotland (UHI Policy Web, 2006)

Statistics in more details


Rural and Environment