The census collects information about the characteristics of people and households in the country. It is used by central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to allocate resources and plan services for everyone.
The 2021 Census section contains information about Scotland’s plans for a proposed census in 2021. On-going research and updates for the 2021 Census, as well as background information on the Beyond 2011 programme.
Please visit the Scotland's Census website for results from the 2011 Census.
Most statistics from the 2001 Census are available on our Scotland's Census website.
Products from the 1991 Census are still available within this section.
Censuses contain useful information for family historians, and people interested in Scotland's social history. The statistical reports from the censuses from 1801 to 1931 are available on the Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports website. Census records about individual people are left confidential for 100 years to protect privacy. To find out more about the earlier censuses (including Webster's Account of the population of Scotland in 1755) please go to the census records guide in the Research area of this website.