Greenock, Inverclyde

Population 44,248

Greenock is in Inverclyde. Its history is linked to its location. As early as the 12th century it was recognised as a safe anchorage. It developed as a fishing village to become a trading port exporting herring. From the 18th century it emerged as a port trading across the Atlantic and importing sugar and tobacco. Related processing activities such as sugar refining (Tate and Lyle closed in 1997) followed. In wartime torpedoes were manufactured and the Atlantic convoys used the port. The heavy industries (especially shipbuilding) of the post-war years have now declined. Electronic industries developed (IBM, Texas Instruments, Lenovo and Sanmina) but have now gone elsewhere and service industries such as call centres have opened.

Social and council housing are the norm in these large towns. Manufacturing and construction are the dominant forms of employment. Health and social work services are particularly active. There is a relatively high level of unemployment. Educational attainment is low. Car ownership is low, meaning that many residents in these towns are reliant on public transport. 1 What's this?

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

Its most similar towns are Motherwell, Johnstone, Clydebank, and Alloa. 3 What's this?

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Number of jobs

6
Type average 3

Diversity of jobs

0
Type average 4

Distance travelled to work

6
Type average 3

Number of public sector jobs

-2
Type average 2

Number of hospitals

-2
Type average -3

Number of GP's and dentists

6
Type average -1

Number of children in primary schools

-4
Type average -1

Number of children in secondary schools

-4
Type average -1

Distance travelled to study

4
Type average 3

Number of shops

2
Type average 3

Diversity of retail offer

6
Type average 6

Number of charities

Type average -1
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Interdependent
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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
Greenock 35.63 24.03 12.87 11.45 16.02

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