National Records of Scotland

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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. 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.


Population Estimates Time Series Data

Census Reconciliation Report 2022 - Population

Census Reconciliation Report 2011 - Population

Scotland's Census

Scotland's Census website


Mid-Year Population Estimates for Scotland: Methodology Guide - (PDF 402 KB)
Published 26 March 2024

Quality Assurance
Information on the quality assurance arrangements for data used in producing population estimates can be found here.

Information on population estimates across the UK

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

Contact Us 

Please get in touch if you need any further information, or have any suggestions for improvement.

E-mail: [email protected]

Lead Statistician:Esther Roughsedge

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