Highlands & Islands

Inverness' young population 'attractive to business'

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Image caption Inverness has a younger population than other parts of the Highlands

Inverness has grown by nearly a fifth in the last decade, with the Highland capital bucking the national trend towards an ageing population.

A report to Highland councillors said the city's young workforce should prove attractive to companies looking to relocate.

The figures come from a comparison between the 2001 and the 2011 Census results.

They show the population has grown by 17.8% to 79,202 people.

Inverness has a significantly higher proportion of the population in the 18 to 47 age range than the rest of the Highlands, and a lower proportion of over 47 year olds.

The report said new house building and economic growth had drawn more people to the city.

Council officers said this had given Inverness a more balanced age profile.

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