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Number of Centenarians in Scotland Continues to Increase

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Number of Centenarians in Scotland Continues to Increase

Thursday, 25 Sep 2014
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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 2011 Census, estimate that in 2013 there were 850 centenarians living in Scotland.

National Records of Scotland Chief Executive Tim Ellis said:

“The number of centenarians living in Scotland has been steadily rising, from 530 in 2003 to 850 in 2013, which is a growth of 60 per cent.

“In 2013 there were 18 male centenarians per hundred female centenarians, an increase from 13 in 2003, indicating a narrowing of the gap in mortality between men and women for this age group.

“Estimates of the number of people aged 90 to 99 show relatively big increases between 2010 and 2012. This is partly due to births in the years following the First World War 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 2013, women accounted for 720 of Scotland’s centenarians (85 per cent) while 130 men had reached the milestone. Although the male population aged 90 to 99 increased from 2012 to 2013, almost three quarters of people in their 90s are women (72 per cent).

Since 2003, the number of centenarians relative to the rest of the population has increased. But there are still less than 2 centenarians for every 10,000 people (1.6 per 10,000).


The full publication, Centenarians in Scotland, 2003 to 2013 , is available on the NRS website.