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Number of Centenarians in Scotland Continues to Increase

The number of people in Scotland living for more than a century continues to grow.

Figures published today by the National Records of Scotland, based on the 2001 Census, estimate that in 2011 there were 830 centenarians living in Scotland.†

Audrey Robertson, Acting Registrar General for Scotland, said:

"The number of centenarians living in Scotland has been steadily rising, from 580 in 2002 to 830 in 2011, which is a growth of 43 per cent.

"Around eight out of every 10 centenarians are women. Estimates of the number of people aged 90 to 99 show relatively big increases in 2010 and 2011. This is partly due to births in 1920 and 1921 being much higher than in the preceding years. The number of births in 1920 was the highest since the introduction of national registration in 1855."

A century ago living to a hundred was very uncommon, but this changed at the beginning of the 21st century when estimates showed there were over 500 people aged 100 years old and over in Scotland. The number of centenarians has been increasing ever since.

The overwhelming majority of centenarians are women. In 2011, women accounted for 700 of Scotlandís centenarians (84 per cent) while 130 men had reached the milestone. Although the male population aged 90 to 99 increased substantially from 2009 to 2011, almost three quarters of people in their 90s are women (73 per cent).

Since 2002, the number of centenarians relative to the rest of the population has increased, especially over the last few years. But there are still less than two centenarians for every 10,000 people (1.6 per 10,000).

The full publication, Centenarians in Scotland, 2002-2011 is available on this website.

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