Overview

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Child Population infographic - if you require an accessible version or transcript, please email info@gcph.co.uk

  • Just over 96,700 children (aged 0 - 15 years) live in Glasgow (2014)
  • Children make up 16% of Glasgow's total population
  • Over a third (38%) of Glasgow’s 96,700 children live in the 10% most deprived areas of Scotland
  • There were 7,465 births in Glasgow in 2014
  • Glasgow's child population is predicted to increase by 18% in the next 25 years

The size and structure of Glasgow's child population has fluctuated with the city's fortunes.  Glasgow grew rapidly during the 19th and early 20th century with the children's population peaking at over 310,000 in 1921.  Since this high point, the number of children in Glasgow has dropped substantially to 96,700 in 2014, and while in 1951 children made up a quarter of Glasgow’s population, now children only represent 16% of the total population. 

Births and birth rates have followed similar downward trajectories in the last 90 years, although it is notable that birth rates in Glasgow have risen slightly over the last ten years.  Infant death rates, which were so high in the 1850s  - when one in five children died in their first year of life - have reduced steadily over the last 160 years and stood at 3.0 per 1,000 live births in 2012.

Much of Glasgow’s population is known to be more deprived than the rest of Scotland.  This is reflected in the city’s child population: over a third (38%) of Glasgow’s 96,000 children live in the 10% most deprived areas of Scotland, while only 3% live in the least deprived 10% of areas within Scotland.  The proportion of children living in Glasgow’s neighbourhoods varies substantially from 5% - 24%.

Population projections (produced by National Records of Scotland) predict that the number of births in Glasgow will rise slightly in the next 25 years, by 4%, and that the number of children in the city will rise by 18%.

This section of Understanding Glasgow is concerned with the size and structure of Glasgow's child population. It includes child population trends, births, comparisons with other cities and across Glasgow’s neighbourhoods, and projections of births and the child population over the next 25 years.  

Targets and strategies in relation to the population are summarised and sources of more detailed demographic information are highlighted in a resources sectionNotes on the data used in this section are summarised.  Trends and patterns in Glasgow's overall population are described within the main set of Glasgow indicators.