The census is currently the only survey that aims to collect information from the entire population. For some characteristics it is the most complete source of information about Scotlandís people that is available.
It is the basis for official population and household estimates for Scotland and provides comparable information nationally and locally on a wide range of topics.
The results from the census help central and local government to target resources and services to where they are needed.
National Records of Scotland aims to make efficient use of data that already exists in government to estimate the population and households, reflecting the need to understand a changing society.
The current traditional census model collects data once every ten years.
The section provides background information on the†programme and the reasons we are looking at a selection of methods†for producing census-type information for Scotland.
What are the options for the future?
What are our leading options for producing census-type information?
Consultations and Events†
Find information on consultation activities we are carrying out as part of the programme.
Reports and Research
These pages contain working papers and reports from research on the programme.
Our newsletters are published on a regular basis, they contain articles about new developments, consultations and updates on previously published material.
Frequently Asked Questions
Programme related questions.