Research and data

Towns and Villages

A profile of demographic data can be produced about any town or village in the Scottish Borders that has a population of around 500 people. This is the minimum limit for which a settlement has its own Data Zone, which is the smallest unit of measurement for which annual population figures are normally produced. If a settlement has dropped below 500 people or risen above 500 people in the past 10 years, this may create an anomaly on whether it should have its own Data Zone or not. These are resolved when Data Zone geographies are reviewed every 10 years, following the decennial Census.

Town and village profiles are available for the following settlements, on request. The population figures used are the 2019 Small area Population Estimates from National Records of Scotland:

  • Hawick (13,859)
  • Galashiels (12,622)
  • Peebles (8,577)
  • Kelso (6,843)
  • Selkirk (5,503)
  • Jedburgh (3,826)
  • Eyemouth (3.5k)
  • Innerleithen (3,171)
  • Duns (2,787)
  • Melrose (2.5k)
  • Tweedbank (1,994)
  • Coldstream (1,856)
  • Lauder (1,813)
  • West Linton (1,810)
  • Earlston (1,713)
  • Newtown St Boswells (1,497)
  • Chirnside (1,447)
  • St Boswells (1,430)
  • Cardrona (882)
  • Newcastleton (796)
  • Denholm (706)
  • Stow (706)
  • Greenlaw (623)
  • Yetholm (616)
  • Ayton (579)
  • Coldingham (479)