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By Fiona Reid
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Census paints a picture of DG

A SNAPSHOT of the region's population has emerged, based on newly released 2011 Census data.

When the count was done there were 151,324 people living in the region, of which just over half (51.5 per cent) were women.
And the average age of a woman living locally was 45, and 47 for a man – with a 77 per cent chance they had been born in Scotland, or an 18 per cent chance it was England.
Half of respondents were married or in a civil partnership, while 28 per cent were single, 8.7 per cent divorced and 9.1 per cent widowed.
Eighty per cent of those living locally said they were of white Scottish origin, compared to just 0.7 per cent from an Asian background.
Furthermore, Church of Scotland was the dominant religion at 43 per cent, followed by six per cent saying they were Catholic and 0.3 per cent were Muslims.
Turning to employment, 70,000 people locally were in work, but 4681 were unemployed and 13 per cent said they had never worked. The average age of an unemployed person was 33.
Of those in work, men did on average 42 hours a week, compared to 30 for a woman.
And the largest employment sector was health and social work.
Other big employers were agriculture, forestry and fishing, manufacturing, construction, the retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, accommodation and food service activities.
Additionally, there were 14,955 people in the region acting as unpaid carers.
In terms of property, 64 per cent of people owned their home and the average house had five rooms.

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