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Publication of information from the 2001 census relating to the local area. The information published should not disclose any information about individuals or households but should summarize details across the whole area.



The Borough of Scarborough has a peripheral location on the East Coast of Yorkshire. Scarborough, Whitby and Filey are the key towns and large areas are National Park or Heritage Coast.The environment of the area has provided the basis for a successful tourist economy. If you would like to find out more about visiting the Borough, you can visit our tourism website,, where you can browse maps and travel details for the Borough.

Key Facts about the Borough

Scarborough Borough covers an area of 81,654 hectares or 315.27 square miles. The Borough's population is 106,243 (Source: 2001 Census Area Statistics), with 60% of residents living in the three major urban areas of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.
The population of Scarborough Town (comprising Castle, Central, Eastfield, Falsgrave Park, Newby, North Bay, Northstead, Ramshill, Stepney, Weaponness and Woodlands wards) is 50,135. (Source: 2001 Census Area Statistics)
The population of Whitby Town (comprising Mayfield, Streonshalh and Whitby West Cliff wards) is 13,594.  (Source: 2001 Census Area Statistics).
The population of Filey Town (comprising Filey ward) is 6,468.  (Source: 2001 Census Area Statistics)
27.5% of the population are aged over 60, compared with an average of 20.9% nationally. Only 21.9% of the population are aged between 20 and 39, compared to 28.1% nationally.  During the peak season, tourism can double the population.
More than 50% of the North York Moors National Park lies within the Borough. This equates to 51,840 hectares or 200.15 square miles.
The Borough contains over 1,600 Listed Buildings, and includes 26 designated Conservation Areas which cover 635 hectares.

The Economy of the Borough

The Borough has a balanced economy with employment mainly based on manufacturing, tourism, public sector services and retail. The manufacturing industry currently employs 12.9% of the workforce; 34.2% of the workforce of the Borough are employed in hotels and catering, which is higher than both the national and regional averages; Industry is generally light and modern with good growth prospects; Over 1,100 firms are listed in the Council's current Business Database.

National Statistics

In England and Wales, the Census is planned and carried out by the Office for National Statistics. The National Statistics web site carries profiles of all 376 local and unitary authorities in England and Wales, providing an at-a-glance portrait of your local area as it was on Census Day, 29 April 2001.

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