People live mainly in small communities of 4,000 or less or in the countryside. The biggest town is Dumfries with an estimated population of 31,630, followed by Stranraer with an estimated population of 10,290 and Annan with 8,430 people.
More detailed demographic information is available from the National Records of Scotland.
The Council is led by an Administration formed by The Scottish Labour Group and Scottish National Party.
Dumfries and Galloway Council has 47 Councillors. Since the May 2012 elections, the Council has five political groups:
Note: Colin Wyper is an Elected Member of Dumfries and Galloway Council but is not affiliated with any political grouping.
There is a strong commitment to making decisions as locally as possible and as openly as possible and all Agendas, Committee Reports and Minutes are posted on this website before the meetings are held.
Our Council has a clear vision:
"to make Dumfries and Galloway the best place in Scotland to live, learn, work, visit and grow."
It also has a set of values that underpin all its work. These are:
They work to achieve that by delivering the actions in the Community Plan for Dumfries and Galloway the Corporate Plan for the Council and the Single Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Government.
The Council delivers its services through five departments with a staff of just under 8000 people. Also included within the Council are the Police and Fire and Rescue Service. For more information go to Council Departments.