Positioned between the rivers Dee and the Don on Scotland's north east coast, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city. Home to over 200,000 residents, a further 600,000 people live within a two hour drive of the city.
Over the next 25 years, the population of Aberdeen City and Shire is forecast to increase by 14%, with the number of households expected to rise by 27%. In Aberdeen City alone, net migration will account for almost 50% of growth due to the continued expansion of the city's oil and gas industry and high-tech sectors such as engineering, science, software development and medicine.
Aberdeen enjoys high levels of employment and low levels of unemployment and a GVA (Gross Value Added) per head of population, which is the second highest in the UK after central London.
Aberdeen has two universities: The Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen, which is the fifth oldest in the English speaking world. Around 30,000 students from 120 countries attend university in Aberdeen and four Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work carried out or begun at Aberdeen.
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The city has a thriving cultural scene and plays host to major dance, music, theatre and arts productions all year round. The £120m Union Square development on Guild Street includes retail outlets, cafes, restaurants and a 10-screen multiplex cinema, the largest in Aberdeen. The Bon Accord Centre is a prestigious modern centre offering a range of smaller and boutique retailers, whilst newer shopping centres such as the Galleria off Union Street and the Academy in Little Belmont Street are considered very fashionable.
To the west of the city, the magnificent valley of the River Dee runs through the area known as Royal Deeside, which includes the Cairngorm Mountains and the Royal Estate at Balmoral. The area is extremely popular with walkers, climbers, skiers and tourists from all over the world. Scotland is of course world-renowned for its fantastic golf courses and Aberdeen is no exception. There are five municipal courses and several private clubs in Aberdeenshire.
Road, rail and air transport links are excellent. The A90, provides the main route to the north, Edinburgh and the south. Intercity rail services run from Aberdeen station providing daily services to Edinburgh and London. Aberdeen International Airport located 5 miles to the north of the city centre is the third busiest in Scotland serving around 3 million passengers each year and its heliport is one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world, transporting almost 500,000 passengers every year.
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