About Dundee

Welcome to About Dundee 2016, the thirteenth edition of the booklet.  About Dundee is a compilation of frequently requested, useful statistics about Dundee.  The information is provided in both tabular and graphical form, with accompanying comments on some of the main points to note.  Download the About Dundee 2016 publication (6.88MB PDF)

Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and is situated on the north coast of the mouth of the Tay Estuary, in a stunning location. Edinburgh lies 60 miles to the south and Aberdeen 67 miles to the north.

The most recent estimate of Dundee’s population is 148,210 (National Records of Scotland (NRS) 2015 Mid-year population estimate). Dundee has a sizeable student population, and is home to the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College.

The Dundee City Council area covers 60 square kilometres and is, geographically, the smallest local authority area in Scotland. It is bordered by Perth and Kinross Council to the west and Angus Council to the north and east. The former Tayside Regional Council area previously covered all
three councils, and Dundee continues to serve as the regional centre for this area and North-East Fife, with an estimated catchment population of some 400,000 people.

Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city, with an average of over 1,500 hours of sunshine per year from 1971 to 2000.

Easy access is available in Dundee to the main road and rail networks. The A90 Edinburgh to Aberdeen Road passes through the City, and the Tay Road Bridge connects to North-East Fife. Regular ScotRail services between Glasgow and Aberdeen, and Edinburgh and Aberdeen stop at Dundee, as do services between London Kings Cross and Aberdeen. Scottish City Link and Stagecoach operate bus services between Dundee and Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Fife and other destinations.

Dundee Airport is the most convenient fly-in destination for some 1,000 square miles of Central Scotland. Situated only two miles from Dundee City Centre, and less than 10 minutes by taxi from mainline rail and bus stations, it affords quick and easy access to Fife via the nearby Tay Road Bridge, and lies within five minutes of the main Scottish Trunk Road network. There are scheduled flights between Dundee and London Stansted, Dundee and Jersey and Dundee and Amsterdam (Source: Highland & Islands Airports, Dundee Airport Information).

In 2013, Dundee was shortlisted for the title of City of Culture 2017. Despite a successful campaign the title was won by Hull.

Contact Details

Email: gillian.simpson@dundeecity.gov.uk
Tel No: 01382 433614

Corporate Information and Research Team
Chief Executive Department
8 City Square
Dundee DD1 3BG