Grangemouth

Grangemouth (Scots: Grangemooth; Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Ghrainnse, pronounced [ˈinivɪɾʲˈɣɾaiɲʃə]) is a town in the Falkirk council area, Scotland. Historically part of the county of Stirlingshire, the town lies in the Forth Valley, on the banks of the Firth of Forth, 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Falkirk, 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Bo'ness and 13 miles (20.9 km) south-east of Stirling. Grangemouth had a resident population of 17,906 according to the 2001 Census.[2] Preliminary figures from the 2011 census reported the number as 17,373.

Grangemouth
Town

From Dumyat looking towards Grangemouth, December 2013
Grangemouth
Location within Falkirk Council area
Grangemouth
Location within Scotland
Grangemouth
Location within Europe
Grangemouth
Location within the Falkirk council area
Area4.12 sq mi (10.7 km2)
Population16,650 (mid-2016 est.)[2]
 Density4,041/sq mi (1,560/km2)
OS grid referenceNS935815
 Edinburgh21.0 mi (33.8 km) SE
 London345 mi (555 km) SSE
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGRANGEMOUTH
Postcode districtFK3
Dialling code01324
PoliceScotland
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
Websitefalkirk.gov.uk/search/?q=grangemouth
List of places
UK
Scotland
56.012°N 3.717°W / 56.012; -3.717

Grangemouth's original growth as a town relied mainly on its geographical location. Originally a bustling port, trade flowed through the town with the construction of the Forth and Clyde Canal in the 18th century. Nowadays, the economy of Grangemouth is focused primarily on the large petrochemical industry of the area which includes the oil refinery, owned by Ineos, one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The town is twinned with La Porte, Indiana.[3]

Residents of the town are known as Portonians.