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Mid-2022 Population Estimates Scotland

Mid-2022 Population Estimates Scotland

Last update: 26 March 2024National Statistics Icon
Next update: TBC

Key Findings:

  • Scotland’s population was estimated to be 5,447,700 at mid-2022 (30 June 2022).
  • There were 2,801,000 (51.4%) females and 2,646,700 (48.6%) males.
  • An estimated 20% of Scotland’s population were aged 65 and over, with 16% aged 0 to 15 years. 
  • Of the 32 council areas in Scotland, Glasgow City had the highest population (622,820), followed by City of Edinburgh (514,990). The three island council areas had the lowest populations (Na h-Eileanan Siar with 26,120, Shetland Islands with 23,020, and Orkney Islands with 22,020). 
  • These mid-year population estimates are the first set based on Scotland’s Census 2022. Any population changes mentioned in the report or the accompanying tables and charts refer to changes between 20 March 2022 (Census Day) and 30 June 2022 (mid-year).
  • These estimates will be followed by rebased population estimates for mid-2011 to mid-2021, using the results from the 2022 census. When the rebased estimates are published, the corresponding report will include analysis of the changes to the population over the last decade, as well as the components of change over time (births, deaths and migration).

Mid-2022 population estimates for the UK

Mid-year population estimates for the UK and its constituent countries, by administrative area, age and sex are published by the Office for National Statistics. They incorporate these mid-2022 population estimates for Scotland.

Open Data

The mid-2022 population estimates will be made available as open data on the website after the rebased 2011 to 2021 mid-year population estimates are published. The rebased population estimates will also be made available as open data.

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