High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: March 2015
Rural Access to Services
The chart shows that only rural areas of Scotland are not within a 15 minute drive time to key services. For example 84% of people in remote rural areas and 99% of people in accessible rural areas live within a 15 minute drive time to a GP compared to 100% of the population in the rest of Scotland. It should be noted that due to improvements to the methodology of calculating drive times in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), 2012, the drive times are not directly comparable to SIMD 2009.
The greatest difference observed in drive time is to the nearest secondary school. In remote rural areas, 56% people live within a 15 minute drive time to a secondary school, compared to 89% of people in accessible rural areas and 100% of people in the rest of Scotland.
Percentage of population within 15 minute drive time to service, by geographic area, 2012
Source: Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, 2012 and based on the Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2013-2014