Glenesk has a very strong community, who are mostly in estate or farm based employment. Others work for the water authority or have had to find jobs out with the Glen.
The primary and nursery schools are in Tarfside, with the older children travelling daily to Brechin for secondary education.
There are 3 churches in Glenesk and the Masons Hall in the village is the centre for many a social occasion.
Glenesk has representatives in the Inveresk Community Council and the Glenesk Trust. There is a curling club, a gun club and a youth club (which is on hold at the moment due to insufficient numbers of appropriate aged children), a drama group and the Tarfside branch of the S.W.R.I. The Games and Sheepdog Committees hold events annually for charity.
At the foot of Glenesk lies the village of Edzell with local shops, a golf course, two hotels, a church, primary school and the rather grand Inglis Hall. The citizens of Edzell are justifiably proud of their village which has frequently won 'Britain in Bloom' accolades, and has a charm all of its own.
The Edzell Village Improvement Society (EVIS) provides a forum that co-ordinates the work and the efforts of several civic interest groups, all actively involved in maintaining the beauty and the quality of life in Edzell, several of which take turns to host the running of a charity shop in the village to raise funds.