Angus Community Plan 2022 to 2030


Our Angus

The area of Angus is rich in culture and heritage having key settlements at the coast including Carnoustie,Monifieth, Arbroath and Montrose. Other landward settlements include Forfar, Brechin, Kirriemuir, Glamis and Friockheim.

Angus benefits from its proximity to Dundee to the South and Aberdeen to the North while only being 70 miles away from Edinburgh. It is well connected to airports, sea (Montrose Port) and routes north and south.

The Angus countryside is one of the most diverse in Scotland hosting many country parks including Monikie, Montrose Basin, Glen Doll, Forfar Loch and Crombie featuring many water sports and adventure activities.

The Angus coastline boasts miles of unspoiled beaches stretching from Monifieth to Montrose including the popular Lunan Bay.

Tourism is a significant industry built on key heritage and environmental assets including golf –and outdoor tourism.

Other important industries include engineering and manufacturing, food and drink, agriculture, and a growing renewables sector offering opportunities for growth

The current population is estimated at 115,820 (ONS 2020) with Arbroath being the largest town in the area at 23,500 (ONS 2020).

Angus residents make up around 30% of the total population of Tayside. The largest age group in Angus is 45 – 64 with 33,236 people while the smallest age group is 16 – 24 with 10,612 people (ONS 2020).

Working age population of Angus is currently 68,900. 59.5% of the population are of working age (16-64), 4.4 percentage points lower than the national average. The working age population is projected to remain relatively stable until 2028.

Nationally, Angus has relatively low levels of deprivation, with some pockets of high deprivation. 0.3% of local data zones in Angus are in the 10% most deprived as a percentage of Scotland’s 10% most deprived.

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