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Stirling (/ˈstɜːrlɪŋ/; Scots: Stirlin; Scottish Gaelic: Sruighlea [ˈs̪t̪ruʝlə]) is a city in central Scotland. The city is clustered around a large fortress and medieval old town. Stirling is the administrative centre for the Stirling council area, and is traditionally the county town of Stirlingshire. The city is located several miles to the west of the mouth of the River Forth. Historically it was strategically important as the "Gateway to the Highlands", with its position near the Highland Boundary Fault between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands and has been described as the brooch which clasps the Highlands and the Lowlands together. Its historical position as the nearest crossing of the Forth to the river mouth meant that it attracted invaders. The beast of Stirling is the wolf. According to legend, when Stirling was under attack from Viking invaders, a wolf howled, alerting the townspeople in time to save the town. Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling contains the Great Hall (restored 1999) and the Renaissance Palace (restoration completed 2011) within Stirling Castle. Stirling also has its medieval parish church, the Church of the Holy Rude, where King James VI was crowned King of Scots on 29 July 1567. The Holy Rude still functions, with a service every Sunday. Stirling is a centre for local government, higher education, retail, and industry. The 2011 census recorded the population of the city as 45,750, the wider Stirling council area has a population of 89,850. The majority of the population is located in its southeast corner, in the City of Stirling and in the surrounding area. One of the principal royal strongholds of the Kingdom of Scotland, Stirling was created a Royal burgh by King David I in 1130, which it remained until 1975, when the burgh as an administrative unit was abolished. In 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, Stirling was granted city status. Wikipedia

Situated along the River Forth, in the centre of Scotland, separating the highland mountains and the lowland cities, is the historic city of Stirling. Granted city status in 2002, with a population of around 35,000, it is the smallest city in the country. The city has grown around the famous Stirling Castle, home to several historical monarchs and dynasties.

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Facts and Stats for Stirling*

  • Pollution Statistics in Stirling

    Know the pollution level of Stirling before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25.96 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 22.06 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 48.68 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 40.79 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 21.05 (Low)
  • Stirling: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Stirling for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Stirling.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.13 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 42.33 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 49.5 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24.24 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 29.04 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 38.25 (Low)
    • Attacks 50 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 64.36 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 74.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 55.2 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.5 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 57.11 (Moderate)
  • Living in Stirling - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Stirling is 186.31 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 55.27 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 84.88 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 30.67 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39.92 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 74.39 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 82.98 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.94 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 124.93 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Stirling

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Stirling

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.21 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.48 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.37 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.78 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 75.9 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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