Rural Scotland Key Facts 2021

Biennial compendium publication comparing and contrasting statistics on key policy topics such as People and Communities, Services and Lifestyle, Economy and Enterprise broken down by Remote Rural, Accessible Rural and the Rest of Scotland.

This document is part of a collection

A National Statistics publication for Scotland

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Designation can be interpreted to mean that the statistics: meet identified user needs; are produced, managed and disseminated to high standards; and are explained well.

The designation of the Rural Scotland Key Facts as National Statistics was re-confirmed on the 3 April 2020 following a compliance check by the Office for Statistics Regulation.

Changes to these statistics

Since the latest review by the Office for Statistics Regulation in April 2020 we have continued to comply with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Following the recommendations of the review, further information on the data sources used in the publication have been added as well as information on how users can find out about the level of uncertainty for the survey estimates included in the publication. We will continue this work to further enhance the quality and value of this publication.

Correspondence and enquiries

For enquiries about this publication please contact:

Neil Henderson, RESAS, Q Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD Telephone: 0131 244 4374 e-mail:

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Office of the Chief Statistician, Telephone: 0131 244 0442, e-mail:

How to access background or source data

The data collected for this statistical publication:

may be made available on request, subject to consideration of legal and ethical factors. Please contact for further information.

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