Rutherglen and Cambuslang have long been known as some of the most disadvantaged areas in Scotland, according to recent statistics. Central Rutherglen is among the top 200 most deprived areas in the country, and is the 66th worst criminal zone. The Scottish Multiple Deprivation Index (SIMD) reveals that many communities in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are struggling with poverty. Rutherglen has been a part of Lanarkshire for over 800 years, but in 1975 it became an administrative part of the city of Glasgow in the Strathclyde region, along with Cambuslang.
Despite this, there are still some decent places to live in Rutherglen, such as Croftfoot and Kings Park. The SIMD statistics show that thousands of people in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are living in poverty. Areas such as Rutherglen Central, Springhall, Fernhill, Burnhill, Whitlawburn, Westburn, Halfway and the Circuit are among the poorest five percent of Scotland. In terms of safety, Rutherglen is in the 69th percentile, meaning that 31% of cities are safer and 69% of cities are more dangerous.