Who Lives in the Old Town?
For the first time we know how many people live in the Old Town - and a lot about who they are and what they do. With significant help from Roddie Macleod, a 3rd year Moray House Community Education student, and the support of the City of Edinburgh Council Community Education staff at the South Bridge Centre, the Trust has for the first time calculated the number of people living in the Old Town, and gained a picture of their age, where they were born, what kind of housing they live in and what kind of work they are engaged in.
The data is presented alongside comparative data for Edinburgh as a whole and for Scotland as a whole. The study has shown clearly for the first time sharp differences between the make-up of the Old Town and other parts of Edinburgh, and the rest of Scotland.
For example, 46% of the Old Town population is between 16 and 29, compared to 23% in Edinburgh as a whole; 94% of the housing in the Old Town is made up of tenements, as opposed to 59% for Edinburgh as a whole; there is a scarcity of families in the Old Town - with only 6% of the population being married couples with dependents as opposed to 24% in the rest of Edinburgh.
The Trust would welcome the interest of anyone able to help compile the comparative data from the 2011 Census when they are released this year.