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Please always refer to the latest mid-year population estimates and population time series data to get the latest data available for Scotland. This data supersedes the data given below.

Revisions and Corrections

Over time statistical outputs may be subject to revisions or corrections. Revisions are generally planned, and are the result of either improvements in statistical methods or the availability of additional data. For example, the annual mid-year population estimates are revised after a census to take account of the additional information gained from the census results. Details of planned revisions are held within the individual 'About this publication' files alongside each publication. Corrections are unplanned and occur when errors in either the statistical data or methodology are found after release of the data.  

This archive section provides access to previous versions of the mid-year population estimates. Further details about specific revisions and corrections can be found in our revisions and corrections page.

Mid-year population estimates publications

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Latest mid-year population estimates

Mid-2020 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2019 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2018 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2017 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2016 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2015 Population Estimates Scotland and Corrected Mid 2012 to Mid 2014

Mid-2002 to Mid-2010 Revision

Revised Mid-Year Population Estimates 1982-2000

Mid-year population estimates by pre-April 2006 NHS Board Area (15 areas), by single year of age and sex: 1981 to 2006
(Excel) (886 Kb)

As at 20 July 2016

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

Following 2011 Census

Note : The population estimates based on the 2001 Census for 2003 to 2006 were revised after we reviewed our methodology in 2007. The revisions affected the 6 council areas of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee City, Moray and Perth and Kinross. Note that these estimates were superseded by those revised estimates published on 17 December 2013. 

Mid-2011 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2010 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2009 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2008 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2007 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2006 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2005 Population Estimates Scotland

Revised Mid-2004 Population Estimates, Council and Health Board Areas

Revised Mid-2003 Population Estimates, Council and Health Board Areas

Mid-2002 Population Estimates, Council and Health Board Areas

Following 2001 Census

Census Report 2001

Mid-Year Population Estimates for 1982-2000


Mid-Year Population Estimates for Scotland:Methodology Guide for estimates based on the 2001 Census (15 October 2010)
(Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) 96 Kb)

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