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Population Estimates for Centenarians in Scotland: mid-2021

Population Estimates for Centenarians in Scotland: mid-2021

Last update: 22 September 2022National Statistics Icon

Main Points

  • There were over 1,000 centenarians (people aged 100 and over) in Scotland in mid-2021, for the first time. Numbers increased by 16% in the year to mid-2021. This reflects the increase of births which occurred in Scotland after the end of
    World War I.
  • The majority of centenarians were female. In mid-2021, there were 4 times as many female centenarians as males. There were 820 females compared to 220 males. This disparity is because of the difference in life expectancy for males and females.
  • Over the past decade to mid-2021, the number of male centenarians has grown at a faster rate than female centenarians.
  • In mid-2021, there were an estimated 45,320 people aged 90 and over in Scotland. The number of people in this age group has increased by 10,150 (29%) since mid-2011.
  • For the 90 and over age group, the number of males has increased by 59% (+5,370) since mid-2011, while the number of females has increased by 18%

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