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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Govanhill is a neighbourhood in the south of Glasgow with a population of 14,412.


Neighbourhoods comparisons with Glasgow

Women in Govanhill live, on average, nearly seven years longer than men. The estimates of both male and female life expectancy in Govanhill are similar to the Glasgow average. The area has a high proportion of overcrowded households and a low proportion of households with one or more cars compared with the Glasgow average. Approximately a third of the population of Govanhill are from an ethnic minority, a considerably larger proportion than the Glasgow average.

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Neighbourhood trends

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Life expectancy for both males and females has risen slightly in recent years in Govanhill, and has stayed around the Glasgow average. In the most recent period shown (2008-12), life expectancy was below the Scottish average for both males and females.

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The overall population of Govanhill rose by around 1% between 1996 and 2012.  The increase was mostly in the 45-64 age group. The percentage of the total neighbourhood population from a minority ethnic group increased from 19% in 2001 to 33% in 2011.  The percentage of the neighbourhood’s population from an ethnic minority group was notably above the Glasgow average from 2001 to 2011.


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 at:
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.

Note on population:

There is a debate about how well the 2011 Census enumerated the population in areas like Govanhill. Some people are of the opinion that the current estimates of population for the area and of the minority ethnic groups are underestimates.  It is well-known that there is a large Roma population in the area which forms a large part of the minority ethnic population of Govanhill.  A recent report focused on Mapping the Roma Community in Scotland.