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Vital Events Reference Tables 2002

Vital Events Reference Tables 2002

Section 2: Population

All population figures refer to estimates as at 30 June of the year in question.

Throughout this report, revised annual mid-year estimates of population are used for comparing population trends and for calculating rates per head for the period 1982-2000. Population estimates for these years were revised to be in-line with the mid-2001 population estimates which were based on the results of the 2001 Census. More information describing the methods used to produce revised population estimates is available on this website.

Note: the population estimates given in the tables in this section have been superseded by 'rebased' population estimates which take account of the results of the 2011 Census. Revised versions of many of these figures can be obtained from Mid Year Population Estimates section of this website.

More information about the rebasing of the mid-year estimates is available from the Births and Deaths Rates: breaks in series circa 2011 section of this website.

Population covered

The resident population of an area includes all those usually resident there whatever their nationality. Students are treated as being resident at their term-time address. Members of HM and non-UK armed forces stationed in Scotland are included; HM forces stationed outside Scotland are excluded.


Population figures relate to 30 June of the year shown and ages relate to age last birthday.

Population projections

Population projections for Scotland are prepared by the Government Actuary, at the request of, and in consultation with, the Registrar General. The latest projection was the 2001-based interim projections. The latest set of sub-national projections, produced by the Registrar General, for administrative areas of Scotland consistent with the Scotland projections are the 2000-based projections published in January 2002.

The 2000-based population projections for Scotland and its administrative areas used the previously published 2000 mid-year estimates as a base, which are some 56,000 higher than the revised 2000 mid-year estimates (consistent with the 2001 Census results). While the 2000-based sub-national projections are in need of updating, the general picture is unlikely to change.

A set of 2002-based projections for Scotland, which take full account of the 2001 Census, is planned for October 2003 with sub-national projections, consistent with the national projection, planned for November 2003.


Net migration figures presented for the period 1982-2000 have been provisionally revised following the revisions to the population estimates for the same years. Unless otherwise stated, these are estimates of net civilian migration which include movements to and from the Armed Forces but exclude other changes, such as changes in the numbers of Armed Forces stationed in Scotland.

More detailed migration revisions are planned for later in 2003. These revisions will take account of detailed migration results from the 2001 Census due out later this year and the National Statistics Quality Review of International Migration Statistics being carried out by the Office for National Statistics, also due out later this year.

The migration estimates for the twelve months up to mid-2002 used in the 2002 midyear population estimates include a number of special adjustments to take account of the results from the 2001 Census and information on list cleaning in the NHSCR (National Health Service Central Register). More information on these adjustments can be found in the Mid-2002 Estimates, Notes and Definitions section of this website.

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2.1 Estimated population by sex and age, Scotland, 30 June 2002
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2.2 Estimated population by sex ,age group and marital status, Scotland,
30 June 2002 - Revised November 2009
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2.3 Births, deaths and migration and their effect on the population of Scotland,
1981 to 2002
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2.4 Components of population change by administrative area, 2001 to 2002
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2.5 Components of population change by administrative area, 1991 to 2002
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2.6 Estimated population by sex, quinary age group and administrative area,
30 June 2002
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Projected population of Scotland (2001 interim based), by sex and age,
2001 to 2026
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2.8 Projected population and projected births (2000 based), by administrative
area, 2000 to 2016
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