Population Estimates

Population estimates for all geography types in Scotland:

  • Data Zone (2011) from 2001 to 2019

  • Intermediate Zone (2011) from 2001 to 2019

  • Council Area (2011) from 1981 to 2019

  • Health and Social Care Partnership (2016) from 1981 to 2019

  • Health Board (2014) from 1981 to 2019

All resources include Scotland figures for the relevant time period.

Population estimates are broken down by single year ages and by sex, and gives totals for both.

Based on 2011 census data.

Note: Health and Social Care Partnerships may also be referred to as integrated joint boards or integration authorities by other public bodies.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/population-estimates/mid-year-population-estimates#lmye
Author National Records of Scotland
Maintainer Geography, Population and Deprivation Support Team
Last Updated September 1, 2020, 10:13 (BST)
Created February 6, 2018, 17:22 (GMT)
Contact Address Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject Reference data
Frequency Annually
Time frame of data and timeliness The latest year is up to 2019 for all geographies
Coverage All geography types in Scotland
Completeness 100%
Accuracy Mid-year estimates for 2012 to 2014 were revised to take into account an error that was discovered in 2015.
Continuity of data Mid-year estimates for 2002 to 2010 were revised to take into account results of 2011 Census. Population estimates from 1974 to 1980 are available for each year of age up to 84 years, along with an aggregated population estimate for ages 85 years and older. From 1981 onwards, population estimates are presented for each year of age up to 89 years along with and an aggregated estimate for ages 90 years and older. Therefore, these data are presented in separate resources.
Concepts and definitions The mid-year population estimates after each census. Please see information on NRS website: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/population-estimates/mid-year-population-estimates
Disclosure No disclosure has been applied
Revision statement From 02-Feb 2018 there has been a minor boundary change to Keltybridge and Fife Environmental Energy Park at Westfield. From 01-Apr 2019 there has been a boundary change to Cardowan by Stepps. This affects Council Area, Health and Social Care Partnership and Health Boards. Qualifiers have been added to the relevant resources to reflect these revisions where codes have changed. Information on Geography codes and labels can be found here: https://www.opendata.nhs.scot/dataset/geography-codes-and-labels. 02/07/2019: NRS have recently identified an error in the Scottish mid-year population estimates for 2002 to 2010 due to an issue with the method of rebasing the population estimates using the 2011 Census results; population estimates after 2010 are not affected. September 2019: Following an update from NRS revised files for 2011 data zone and intermediate zone are now containing population estimates since 2001.
Official statistics designation National Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics For users who want to know the population estimates each year after the nearest census.
Format csv
Language English

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