The population of the locality was recorded as 25,800 in 2015, and has grown by 9% between 2001, which is twice the rate of population growth in Scotland (4.6%). The locality had seen a significant population decline until the development of the M90, which has made the area a popular place for people to live and to commute from.
Graph: Population Pyramid of Kinross-shire & Almond
The recent population growth has meant some local services have been developed to meet the needs of the growing population – such as the replacement of Kinross High School in the town centre with the Loch Leven Community Campus. Population growth has also led to the new settlement of Oudenarde being formed.The area is a popular place for young families to settle, which explains why it has the highest proportion of 0-19 year olds in Perth and Kinross, making up 22.5% of the population. In contrast, the area has fewer 20-34 year olds; many young people from the area move to other Scottish cities for education and employment opportunities. The area has the highest proportion of 35-64 year olds in Perth and Kinross reflecting a high number of people settling in the locality after living elsewhere in Scotland. The proportion of people 65 and over is low compared to other parts of Perth and Kinross; however the proportion of people in this age group is projected to double in the next 15 years
Populations of the towns and villages of the locality are: Kinross (population 4,891), Milnathort (1,890), Abernethy (1,429), Bridge of Earn (2,709), Forgandenny (627), Methven (1,094), Kinnesswood (482), Glenfarg (639) and Crook of Devon