Table 1 and Table 2 show the estimated resident population by age, sex and legal marital status for Scotland for mid-2008. Marital status population estimates are based on the 2001 Census and take account of subsequent births, deaths, marriages, divorces and net migration. The estimates are consistent with the mid-year population estimates. The 2008 figures show that around 51% of men and 47% of women aged 16 and over were married. This is lower than in 2001 when 56% of men and 51% of women aged 16 and over were married. Over the same period, the proportion of the population aged 16 and over that is divorced has increased slightly, from 6% to 7% for men and 8% to 9% for women.
Table 3 provides details of marital status estimates for mid-2001 to mid-2007 which were previously published under the Vital Events reference tables. Following a review of methodology, the estimates for mid-2002 to mid-2007 have been revised and replace the previously published estimates. The basis for the revisions is threefold:
1) The new estimates use ‘date of decree’ based data, rather than the ‘proxy-year’ based data used previously. Please go to Divorces and Dissolutions - Background Information for further information on the difference between these data sources.
2) An error in the number of divorces used for the mid-2007 estimates has been corrected.
3) The accuracy of the number of widows and widowers aged 16-19 has been improved.
On the whole, the revisions are minor and generally result in a change of less than 1% for the total estimate of men and women in each marital status category. However, for mid-2007, the revisions result in an increase of the estimate of the divorced population by 2.2% for men and 1.6% for women. Across all years, the effect of the revisions is greatest in the 16-24 age-group, most noticeably in the relatively large reductions to the estimates of widows and widowers at these ages. The spreadsheet available below provides a comparison between the previously published and the revised estimates.
The file below has been made available as Excel spreadsheets and can be viewed in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).