Pop­u­la­tion fig­ures show boys will out­num­ber girls

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The next gen­er­a­tion of South La­nark­shire’s men are set to out­num­ber its women - a com­plete re­ver­sal of the cur­rent pic­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to new pop­u­la­tion fig­ures re­leased by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics there are 30,564 girls aged un­der 18 and 31,641 boys of the same age.

This is a ra­tio of 1.04 boys for ev­ery girl and in­di­cates that a big change may be on the cards when it comes to the gen­der im­bal­ance.

South La­nark­shire’s pop­u­la­tion as a whole shows that women out­num­ber men with 0.93 men for ev­ery woman – 163,570 women and 151,790 men. This is in line with the UK-wide pat­tern.

These latest fig­ures show that the next gen­er­a­tion is on course to up­set the bal­ance and, if the trend con­tin­ues, could even­tu­ally swing the bal­ance of the en­tire pop­u­la­tion over to the male side.

Shet­land is cur­rently the only part of Scot­land where there are more men of all ages than women of all ages. How­ever, when only chil­dren are counted, all 32 of the lo­cal author­i­ties in the coun­try have a male-dom­i­nated pop­u­la­tion.

Across the UK as a whole there are 0.97 men of all ages for ev­ery woman of all ages.

How­ever, the child pop­u­la­tion shows a big swing to the boys with 1.05 boys for ev­ery girl. No lo­cal au­thor­ity has more girls un­der 18 than boys un­der 18.

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