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.
Please always refer to the latest mid-year estimates and population time series data to get the latest data available for Scotland. This data superseded the data given below at the specified date. Please note that by clicking on the link below you will be leaving this website and going to National Records of Scotland Web Archive.
As at 25 September 2018
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
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 Note that these estimates were superseded by those revised estimates published on 17 December 2013.
Following 2001 Census
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)