The profiles on these pages provide a comprehensive overview of health and wellbeing in Glasgow. There are 60 profiles in total, covering Glasgow as a whole, the three sub-sectors of the city (North East, North West and South Glasgow) and 56 neighbourhoods across the city. They highlight differences in health and life circumstances across the city for a range of indicators organised under broad themes: population; cultural factors; environment and transport; socioeconomic factors; education; poverty; and health. The profiles are intended to be a resource for local communities and to inform action at neighbourhood level.

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NE Sector

North East Glasgow

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Glasgow has a population of 595,080.


City comparisons with Scotland

Male and female life expectancy is markedly lower than the Scottish average. Women live on average nearly six years longer than men. Twelve per cent of the population is from an ethnic minority. Single parent households make up 40% of all households with dependent children. Six out of ten people live within 500m of vacant or derelict land. Twenty-one per cent of adults are claiming out of work benefits, 32% of children live in poverty and levels of deprivation are considerably higher than the Scottish average. Twenty-three per cent of people have a limiting disability.

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City trends

60Glasgow   Charts1Life expectancy for both males and females has risen in recent years in Glasgow but remains below the Scottish average. In the most recent period shown (2008-12), life expectancy was 72.3 years for men and 78.2 years for women, notably lower than the Scottish average, particularly for men.

60Glasgow   Charts2The population in Glasgow decreased marginally by -0.6% between 1996 and 2012. Underlying this were more significant changes within age groups: there were reductions in the numbers of children (-18%) and older adults (-13%), while the working age population, particularly those aged 45-64 years increased. The percentage of the total population from a minority ethnic group rose from 5% in 2001 to 12% in 2011, a percentage which is nearly three times higher than the national average.


A document giving detailed notes and definitions for the information presented in this profile can be downloaded here.

An Excel workbook containing the data used in all of the profiles can be downloaded here. This workbook also includes alternative output formats and further breakdowns of some of the variables.

1. Data sources: Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2012, Census 2011, Census 2001, HMRC, NOMIS, National Records of Scotland (NRS) and Scottish Government.
2. Populations presented in the population trend chart and used to calculate life expectancy estimates are taken from NRS small area population estimates and are based on: the 2001 census for the years 1996 - 2001; both the 2001 and 2011 census for the years 2002 - 2010; and the 2011 census for the years 2011-2012.
3. The Income deprivation and Employment deprivation indicators are derived from SIMD 2012, more information on this deprivation index can be found on the SIMD website.
4. Life expectancies are calculated based on population estimates and death registrations. 95% confidence intervals have been added on the graphs to give an indication of their accuracy. The x-axes of the life expectancy graphs give the mid-year for each life expectancy estimate e.g. 2010 represents the life expectancy estimate for the period 2008 – 2012.

Glasgow City Council have also produced neighbourhood profiles based on data from the 2011 Census which can be accessed via this link.