Scotland

Third of Scots never move away from where they grew up

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Image caption Liking the area and being near family were cited as some of the reasons Scots gave for staying put

About a third of Scots never move away from the area where they grew up, according to Bank of Scotland research.

In the west of Scotland, 34% of people have lived in the same area all their life, more than any other region.

Family links, liking the area, good transport and affordable housing were identified as key reasons for staying in a particular area.

More than 3,200 people were surveyed as part of the bank's research into housing.

More than a fifth of 45 to 54-year-olds and almost a quarter of 25 to 34-year-olds have remained where they grew up, but only 16% of 35 to 44-year-olds have stayed in the same place.

Moving to a nice area is most important for those living in the Lothians, with a quarter saying the location is what appeals most about where they live.

In Dundee, 37% of people who have moved to the area said they did so because it was "a peaceful location", while 53% of people living in the Highlands did so for some peace and quiet.

Managing Director of Bank of Scotland, Robin Bulloch, said: "It's not often research looks at why people live where they do, so it's been interesting learning more about the communities we live in.

"While a good proportion of Scots have never moved away from the area they grew up in, living in an area they like has been an important factor for many."

"However it's evident that whatever the reason for many of us living where we do, family plays a central role in people being happy where they live.", Mr Bulloch added.

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