Bathgate, West Lothian

Population 20,363

Bathgate in West Lothian, although Neolithic in origin and developed as an outpost of Holrood Abbey, became a major industrial centre. Shale oil and coal were mined and chemical works were developed producing paraffin oil and parraffin wax. Later sulphuric acid was produced. As coal and shale disappeared new industries including BMC, British Leyland and Motorola were developed but have now closed. There are still some manufacturers operating in the town and HMRC have offices there.

This type of large town is extremely mixed in terms of demographics. There is a particularly wide range of people, housing and activities. The number of older couples with no children is higher than average. There is a mix of professional and non-professional jobs, and part-time and self-employment are both important for a significant proportion of residents. Socioeconomic status is higher than in other kinds of town and there is a mix of professionals and nonprofessionals, those with higher and lower educational attainment. 1 What's this?

Bathgate is an interdependent to independent town. 2 What's this?

Its most similar towns are Renfrew, Ayr, Kilmarnock, and Kirkintilloch. 3 What's this?

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Interdependent
Independent

Number of jobs

2
Type average 3

Diversity of jobs

6
Type average 4

Distance travelled to work

2
Type average 2

Number of public sector jobs

0
Type average 0

Number of hospitals

2
Type average -2

Number of GP's and dentists

2
Type average 1

Number of children in primary schools

0
Type average 0

Number of children in secondary schools

-4
Type average -2

Distance travelled to study

2
Type average 2

Number of shops

2
Type average 3

Diversity of retail offer

6
Type average 6

Number of charities

Type average -1
Dependent
Interdependent
Independent

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Education (% all people aged 16 and over)

  No education Standard grade or equivalent Higher grade or equivalent HNC, HND, SVQ4 Degree or higher degree
Bathgate 24.21 27.42 14.35 11.51 22.51

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