City Centre and Merchant City

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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City Centre and Merchant City

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City Centre and Merchant City is a neighbourhood in the north of Glasgow with a population of 16,317.


Neighbourhood comparisons with Glasgow

Women in the City Centre and Merchant City live, on average, nearly seven years longer than men. The estimates of life expectancy are slightly lower than the Glasgow average for both men and women. A large percentage (23%) of this neighbourhood’s population is from an ethnic minority group. A relatively small percentage of the population is claiming out of work benefits, or living in income or employment deprivation.

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Neighbourhood trends

34City Centre and Merchant City   Charts1

Life expectancy for both men and women has risen in recent years in the City Centre and Merchant City but is still below the Glasgow average, particularly for men.

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The overall population in the City Centre and Merchant City increased by 30% between 1996 and 2012, largely due to an increase in the number of 16-44 year olds, and despite the number of older people  - defined as aged 65 years and over - decreasing substantially. The percentage of the total neighbourhood population from a minority ethnic group increased from 11% in 2001 to 23% in 2011.The percentage of the population from an ethnic minority group remained considerably higher than the Glasgow average between 2001 and 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.