Since 1855 the Registrar General of Scotland has, under statute, produced an annual report containing a general abstract of the numbers of births, deaths, and marriages registered during the foregoing year. We have continued the tradition for the year 2002. However, the annual report has undergone a major makeover. The reasoning behind the change was to produce a shorter easier to read report, in colour, with additional commentary and charts. This is the second edition of 'Scotland's Population - the Registrar General's Annual review of Demographic Trends'.
Tables containing 2002 data will be divided into 9 sections; Summary; Population; Births; Stillbirths and infant deaths; Deaths; Deaths by cause; Marriages; Divorces and Adoptions and re-registrations. The tables - listed below - are based on vital event numbers. That is births, deaths etc. Tables 2.2, 2.3, 3.5, 3.12, 6.12 and 7.2 which rely on marital status population estimates will be available later in the year.