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Number of Centenarians in Scotland at near record level

Number of Centenarians in Scotland at near record level

Thursday, 29 Sep 2016
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The number of people in Scotland living for more than a century has increased over the last 10 years.

Figures published today by the National Records of Scotland estimate that in 2015 there were 900 centenarians living in Scotland, an increase of 67 per cent from the estimate of 540 in 2005.

Tim Ellis, the Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland, said:

“When the current population of centenarians in Scotland was born, during or before the First World War, living to 100 years old was very uncommon.

“However, this has changed since the beginning of the 21st century when estimates showed there were around 500 people aged 100 years old and over in Scotland. These latest figures from National Records of Scotland show that the number of centenarians has increased by more than two thirds in the last ten years.”

The overwhelming majority of centenarians are women. In 2015, women accounted for 780 of Scotland’s centenarians (87 per cent) while 120 men had reached the milestone. Although the male population aged 90 to 99 increased from 2014 to 2015, seven out of every ten people in their 90s are women (71 per cent).

Since 2005, the number of centenarians relative to the rest of the population has increased to 1.7 centenarians for every 10,000 people in the total population in 2015.

The number of men aged 90 to 99 increased from 6,360 to 11,300 between 2005 and 2015, an increase of 78 per cent. The number of females aged 90 to 99 increased from 21,630 to 27,590 during the same period, an increase of 28 per cent.

Also published today are experimental statistics for the number of people aged 90+ for council areas in Scotland. South Ayrshire had the highest proportion of centenarians and Shetland Islands had the lowest. City of Edinburgh had the highest absolute number of centenarians and Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands had the lowest.

The full publications Centenarians in Scotland 2005 to 2015 and Sub-national Population Estimates for ages 90 and over are available on this website.