Stirling is a market town located within the Central belt of Scotland approximately thirty miles from Glasgow and forty miles from Edinburgh. It has a primary catchment population of 550,000 within a 30 minute drive which has increased at an above average rate in the last 20 years. The 2015 population for Stirling is 92,830; an increase of 1.4% from 91,520 in 2014. The population of Stirling accounts for 1.7% of the total population of Scotland.

Demographics of Stirling

In Stirling, 20.5% of the population are aged 16 to 29 years. This is larger than Scotland where 18.2% are aged 16 to 29 years. Persons aged 60 and over make up 24.2% of Stirling. This is larger than Scotland where 24.2% are aged 60 and over. Since 1989, Stirling's total population has risen overall. Scotland's population has also risen over this period. By 2037 the population of Stirling is projected to be 105,860, an increase of 16.3% compared to the population in 2012. The population of Scotland is projected to increase by 8.8 per cent between 2012 and 2037.

Over the 25 year period, the age group that is projected to increase the most in size in Stirling is the 75+ age group. This is the same as for Scotland as a whole.
The population aged under 16 in Stirling is projected to increase by 12.7% over the 25 year period. (Source: Stirling Council)

Retailing in Stirling

Retail Total town centre retail space is estimated at 0.69 million square feet which is below the major town average and ranks 158 in terms of size throughout the UK. In terms of ranking, Stirling ranks 90th on the VenueScore retail ranking. Comparison / convenience retail space in Stirling is 78,505 sq m of gross floor space with approximately 170 comparison units and 25 convenience units. (GOAD)

Stirling is a stronger retailing town due to the towns important tourist and visitor spending. Within the town the main shopping centre is the Thistles Centre which has 46,452 sq m of retail, opened in 1976 and has been extended in recent times. The main anchor store operators are Marks & Spencer, Littlewoods.