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The Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian

Population

By parish, from the General Registrar's office
1931 462 230M 232F
1951 424 212M 212F
1961 352 179M 173F
1971 264 132M 132F
1981 235 113M 122F
1991 336 164M 172F
2001 307 151M 156F
By parish, from ELDC By settlement, from ELDC
1991 264     ---
1997 (est.) 328 167M 161F 156
2001 -- -- -- NO DATA AVAILABLE

Population figures are difficult to compare, as no two sources extract data in the same way.

The parish population has declined from 424 in 1951 to 307 in 2001. From a working parish associated with the Biel estate and the farming community, Stenton is now a place where the majority of inhabitants work outside the parish, if not outwith the county. The long-term decline in population started in the 1930s and, by 1981, the parish population figure had almost halved to 235. Smaller families accounted for some of the decline as well as the loss of traditional employment.

Over the period, more houses have been renovated and this has attracted people with young families into the area. As a result, by the 1990s, Stenton had acquired a healthy age profile. Among the hill village parishes, its sphere of influence is only surpassed by that of Gifford; this, with its social facilities, has enabled the village to survive, and thrive.

Estimated Age Profile of Stenton Parish - 1997
0-4 years 5-9 years 10-14 yrs 15 years 16-17 yrs 18-19 yrs 20-24 yrs
22 18 18 3 10 4 22
25-29 yrs 30-34 yrs 35-39 yrs 40-44 yrs 45-49 yrs 50-54 yrs 55-59 yrs.
20 28 22 27 31 34 16
60-64 yrs 65-69 yrs 70-74 yrs 75-79 yrs 80-84 yrs 85-89 yrs 90 + yrs
17 12 10 5 5 5 0

Males = 167
Females = 161
Total = 328

Source: E.L.D.C. Department of Planning: Parish Estimates (by sex) 1997

Please note - data reproduced as recorded by ELDC. There are discrepancies. The figures do not quite tally with the male/female breakdown, also from ELDC. The given and actual totals also differ.

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