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The local area guide to living in West Lothian

In the west of Scotland, nestled between the cities of Edinburgh and Falkirk is the historic county of West Lothian. This council area was created in 1975 following the Local Government Act, and effectively cut out the burghs of Bo'ness, South Queensferry and the Kirkliston region, while including the East and West Calder districts of Midlothian.

The county was formerly known for its prosperity when it came to coal mining, though this changed in the 1980s when the industry collapsed, leaving the area suffering from high levels of unemployment. West Lothian is twinned with Grapevine in Texas, USA and also with the district of Hochsauerlandkreis in Germany.

Information about the local residents

The population sat at an estimated 175,000 at the last census survey, however the numbers have steadily increased over the years since 1989, meaning this figure is likely to be higher now. The county's average age follows that of the wider Scottish population, and the population is estimated to account for 3.3% of Scotland.

The county experiences an average level of affluence, however areas such as Bathgate and Livingston are less well-off than other areas in West Lothian. The employment rate is higher than the Scottish average, and the primary industries include retail, public services, construction and IT.

The county has a high projected average life expectancy, with the men's life expectancy slightly higher than the Scottish average. The residents have reported a high quality of life, and the population is expected to climb to 196,000 within 10 years.

Nearby schools

There are several primary and secondary schools throughout West Lothian, as well as a handful of further education colleges. These include Bankton and Deans primary schools in Livingston, and Broxburn Primary and Kirkhill Primary in Broxburn.

Livingston benefits from several special education schools, providing additional support for children who need it. These include Ogilvile School Campus, Cedarbank School and Dedridge primary school which offers Autism resource classes.

Also in Broxburn can be found Broxburn Academy, which is considered to be one of the top state academies in Scotland. It prides itself both on its academic record and its commitment to openness and acceptance, being the first Scottish school to achieve the LGBT Silver Charter Award

Getting around

West Lothian benefits from two main motorways. The M8 runs through Livingston to Edinburgh and Glasgow, whilst the M9 provides transport to Dunblane via Falkirk.

The county also has access to several train stations. Located amidst the Central Scotland rail network, a direct train to Edinburgh can be caught from West Livingston and West Calder - with the entire journey taking under 30 minutes. The stations also offer trains to and from Glasgow. This makes the county ideal for those wishing to commute into the capital and larger cities around Scotland for business reasons. Edinburgh Airport - the 6th busiest airport in the UK - is just 7 miles from Livingston West.

Local shops

Livingston - the largest town in West Lothian - benefits from three shopping main shopping centres and three smaller retail parks across the town.

There are over 250 shops within Almondvale, including Asda, Waterstones, River Island and more. There are also several fast food places and restaurants to eat in, including Wagamamas, McDonalds and Pizza Hut. These make Livingston a popular area in which to shop throughout the county.

Other amenities include sightseeing in the beautifully historic county. From nature reserves such as the one located in Blackridge, to the scenic lowland mosses found in areas such as Whitburn and Bathgate, the region is swathed in a natural beauty which isn't to be missed.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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