Rising population ahead of national trend

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the number of people choosing to live in Kirkcaldy is continuing to rise.

Figures from the National Records for Scotland show that the town’s population, including Dysart, rose from 48,630 in 2008 to 49,560 in 2010, a rise of 930 people, or 1.9 per cent.

By comparison, the total population of Scotland only rose by one per cent over the same period.

Kirkcaldy remained the tenth largest place in Scotland in 2010 but closed the gap on ninth placed Cumbernauld from 1,850 to 910.

Among the largest 30 localities in 2010, Kirkcaldy showed the seventh highest increase compared with 2008.

The only places in the top 10 which grew by more between 2008 and 2010 were the cities of Aberdeen (3.3 per cent) and Edinburgh (3.2 per cent).

Among the remainder of the top 30, the only other places which grew by more in 2010 were Cambuslang (4.1 per cent), Stirling (3.2 per cent), Dunfermline (2.4 per cent) and Perth (2.1 per cent).

Glenrothes showed a more modest increase of 0.5 per cent to 38,940 while Levenmouth, defined as Buckhaven, Methil, Methilhill and Leven, fell very slightly to 24,850.