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Mid-Year Population Estimates

Mid-Year Population Estimates


The latest annual mid-year population estimates for Scotland and its constituent NHS Board and council areas. This section also includes historical data back to 1982 and a time series dataset. More detailed information on Migration can be found on this website. The detailed migration data is released usually in July following the equivalent Mid-Year Estimates. Additional commentary on population estimates and migration can be found in the Registrar General’s Annual Review. Population estimates are available for other areas, including small areas.


Mid-2016 population estimates Scotland



Mid-2015 population estimates Scotland and corrected population estimates for mid-2012, mid-2013 and mid-2014


Mid-2002 to Mid-2010 Revision


Unrevised Mid-Year Population Estimates based on the 2001 Census


Uncorrected publications for mid-2012, mid-2013 and mid-2014


Population Estimates Time Series Data

Population Pyramids of Scotland

Revised Mid-Year Population Estimates 1982-2000

2001 Populations

Additional Information

2011 Census Reconciliation Report - Population

2011 Census (Scotland's Census website)

Cost of responding to the armed forces unit survey


Mid-Year Population Estimates for Scotland: Methodology Guide
Published 27 April 2017
(Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) 343 Kb)

Quality assurance arrangements for administrative data
Further Information on the quality assurance arrangements for administrative data used in population estimates can be found in the National and Official Statistics section of the website.

Information on population estimates across the UK

Population estimates for local authorities across UK constituent countries: a comparison of data sources and methods (PDF 181 Kb, available from the Office for National Statistics website)

Information on the Consistency of methods used for population statistics across UK countries (PDF 746 Kb, available from the Office for National Statistics website)

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