National Records of Scotland

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About our Geography

About our Geography

Geography branch provides geographic data and services that support the production of high quality statistics.

We hold a large amount of geographically referenced information about Scotland’s population. Our digital products and related indexes allow information from different sources to be mapped and compared for a wide variety of purposes. For example our postcode geography allocates addresses to small areas which can build up flexibly into larger areas for analysis or comparison.

Statistics are published for administrative, health, electoral and other geographic areas. Many of these geographic areas have been established by statute and have been amended over time. Unfortunately many do not align with each other which makes it difficult to compare statistics between geographies and over time. Our geographic products can help with the comparison of statistics.

The following pages give you background information on the work that we do and introduce you to the policies and practices that support our work.

About our Geography Branch

Background Information (Adobe Portable Document Format) (PDF 174 Kb)

This section provides information on the National Records of Scotland's geographical policy and best practice.

The material contained in the web pages is covered by Crown Copyright unless otherwise indicated. More information on copyright and licencing terms is contained in this section. 

Our off the shelf products are free to all customers subject to any restrictions imposed by licencing.

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Please contact our Geography Customer Services if you need any further information.
E-mail: [email protected]

A list of common definitions and acronyms used in these pages is available on our Glossary page.