1981 – Black Gold

The discovery of oil in the North Sea resulted in a significant increase to the population of Scotland’s North East and Shetland Islands. This can be clearly seen if you look at the 1971 and 1981 census results.
For example, the population of Shetland had fallen to nearly 17,000 by the mid 60’s, and the 1981 Census shows that between 1971 and 1981 the island’s population rose by a staggering 57%.

Oil soon became the main industry in Scotland’s North East, and between 1971 and 1981 the population of Aberdeen city increased by 14%.

Census results can shape Scotland’s future. For instance where there are significant increases in population levels in any area – as illustrated above – the data can help the government to effectively plan adequate services and other resources to meet the needs of these communities.

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