Social Implications of the Introduction of a Large Scale Industry into a Sparsely Populated Area, 1970; Out-migrants only

  • M.P. Carter (Creator)
  • A. Varwell (Creator)
  • John Bone (Data Manager)



The purpose of this study was to compile a census-style enumeration of the Invergordon area before and after the establishment of an aluminium smelter, to plot changes in total population, age and sex structure, occupation and migration.

Main Topics:
Attitudinal/Behavioural Questions
The survey was conducted in two waves, in 1970 and in 1973.
1. Questions asked in 1970 (SN 170/175)Number of persons in household who possessed experience of: formal education beyond the age of 15, HM forces, Merchant Navy, HM dockyards. Number of persons in household who hold a driving licence (ordinary and special), who speak Gaelic.
2. Questions asked in 1973 for an in-migrant supplement (SN 170)Attitude to move into Easter Ross, features of the district liked/disliked, reasons for taking job in Easter Ross, previous visits to Easter Ross, place of residence of relatives.
Background Variables
Questions asked in both the 1970 and the 1973 surveys (SN 170/175)Age, sex, place of birth, household status, occupation, place of work, previous employment, Registrar General''s social class (information gathered for ALL members of the household). Children living outside Invergordon area: age, marital status, origin of spouse, occupation, date left district.
Associated study: •Social Implications of the Introduction of a Large Scale Industry into a Sparsely Populated Area, 1970 and 1973; Residents
Date made available1 Jan 1976
PublisherUK Data Service
Date of data production31 Mar 1970 - 30 Apr 1970
Geographical coverageScotland, Ross and Cromarty

Funder and Grant Reference number

  • Other
  • Highlands and Islands Development Board
  • British Aluminium Corporation
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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