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We have made some small revisions to the files below since they were initially published. For more details please refer to the Geography Revisions and Corrections page.

Settlements and Localities Dataset

Background Information on Settlements and Localities
(Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) 995 Kb)

Settlements
A settlement is defined to be a group of high density postcodes whose combined population rounds to 500 people or more. They are separated by low density postcodes.

Localities
Localities correspond to the more recognisable towns and cities of Scotland which can be found within settlements. They also have a minimum rounded population of 500 people or more.

Digital Boundaries
Shapefiles provided in Zip format that can be used with population estimates publications.

Current 2012
Historical 2010

Please note: The files above are Zipfiles, the following files are quite large so may take a few minutes to download.

Related Information and Data (available on the National Records of Scotland website).

Population Estimates of Settlements and Localities

Publications

2001 Census: Key Statistics for Settlements and Localities (Published 25 March 2003)

Scottish Settlements Urban and Rural Areas in Scotland (Published 5 February 2001)

Useful Information

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Enquiries
Please contact our Geography Customer Services if you need any further information.
E-mail: geographycustomerservices@nrscotland.gov.uk

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