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Centenarians in Scotland 2010 to 2020

Centenarians in Scotland 2010 to 2020

Last update: 23 September 2021National Statistics Icon

Main Points

  • There were an estimated 960 centenarians (people aged 100 and over) in Scotland in mid-2020. This is a 13% increase over mid-2019, and is the highest ever figure. This reflects the increase of births which occurred in Scotland at the end of World War One.
  • The majority of centenarians are female. In mid-2020, there were 4 times as many female centenarians as males. There were 770 females compared to 190 males. This disparity can be explained by the difference in life expectancy for males and females.
  • Over the past decade to mid-2020, the number of male centenarians has grown at a faster rate than female centenarians.
  • For the 90 and over age group, numbers of males have increased by almost 70% since mid-2010, while the females have grown by just under 24%.
  • In mid-2020, there were an estimated 43,750 people aged 90 and over in Scotland. The number of people in this age group has increased every year since mid-2010 when there were 32,440 people aged 90 and over.

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