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Population Estimates

The size of the population is estimated on an annual basis, using 30th June (mid-year) as a reference point. Following the publication of the mid-year population estimates, a range of other population statistics are released. These additional estimates fall into two broad categories; Special Area Population Estimates and Estimates of Special Populations.

Mid-Year Population Estimates
The latest annual mid-year population estimates for Scotland and its constituent NHS board and council areas. This section also includes historical data back to 1982 and a time series dataset back to 1855.

Special Area Population Estimates
This section contains the Small Area Population Estimates and estimates for Settlements and Localities. Population estimates for Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies, Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies, Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS), Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation deciles and Urban Rural classification categories can also be found here.

Estimates of Special Populations
Estimates of the population split by marital status, country of birth, nationality and estimates of the very old (including centenarians) are available here.


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Page last updated: 26 June 2014

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