National Records of Scotland

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Scotland's Census

Scotland's Census

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.

2021 Census

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.

Information on all future Scotland's Census 2021 Events and Workshops are available on the Scotland's Census website.

ScotCen Social Research are currently conducting question testing on behalf of the National Records of Scotland (NRS) on a range of topics which will help us plan for the next census. The results will contribute to decisions about which questions should be included in Scotland's Census 2021. Further information on this can be found on the Scotland’s Census website.

2011 Census

Please visit the Scotland's Census website for results from the 2011 Census.

2001 Census

Most statistics from the 2001 Census are available on our Scotland's Census website.

1991 Census

Products from the 1991 Census are still available within this section.

Earlier Censuses

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.