More people have left Aberdeen for other areas of Scotland than any local authority, according to new statistics.
Figures released by the Scottish Government show 0.8% of the population of the city in mid-2017 had left for another council area 12 months later, amounting to 7,780 people.
The statistics show 65% of the people leaving Aberdeen are going to other areas of Scotland, with 20% to the rest of the UK and 15% abroad.
The Granite City sits in front of Argyll and Bute, Shetland and Edinburgh – which were second, third and fourth in the rankings.
Midlothian had the highest proportion of people moving there from different areas of Scotland.
Despite the number of people leaving for other areas of the country, population in Aberdeen only dropped by an estimated 0.5% – around 1,240 people.
According to the figures, net migration finished at 1,180 more people coming into Aberdeen than leaving.
The total population of Aberdeen was 227,560 at the end of June 2018.
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Aberdeenshire saw just a 0.1% drop in population, the equivalent of 330 people. Net migration in Aberdeenshire saw 40 fewer people come into the region than leave.
The population of Moray dropped by 260 people, 0.3% of the population a year before.
Meanwhile in Angus the population fell to 116,040, a drop of 0.2% from 116,280 in 2017.
Across Scotland the population has continued to increase and now stands at a record high of 5.44 million.
Scottish Government Migration Minister Ben Macpherson said: “Despite Scotland’s population reaching a record high, these statistics starkly illustrate the significant demographic challenges we face.
“All our population growth over the next 25 years is projected to come from migration, yet this growth, and in turn our future prosperity, is under threat due to the UK Government’s ‘hostile environment’ immigration policies and their determination to end freedom of movement.”