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Vital Events Reference Tables 2003

Vital Events Reference Tables 2003

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Note: the population estimates given in the tables in this section have been superseded by 'rebased' population estimates which take account of the results of the 2011 Census.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 in Projected Population of Scotland (2002-based), published in December 2003.

Sub-national projections, consistent with the national projections, were also published in January 2004. More information can be found in the Population Projections Scotland (2002-based) - Population projections by sex, age and administrative area section of this website.


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.

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Note: On 27 July 2007 the Mid-year population estimates for 2003-2006 were revised for the 6 Council areas of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee City, Moray and Perth & Kinross. However, the statistics in some of the tables on this page are based on the previous unrevised population estimates. Tables 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 have been replaced. Table 2.8 is still to be revised and will be placed on this web page once it becomes available. More details on the 'Revised Mid-year Population Estimates 2003-2006' are available on this website.


2.1 Estimated population by sex and age, Scotland, 30 June 2003
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2.2 Estimated population by sex, age group and marital status, Scotland, 30  June 2003 - Revised June 2007, November 2009
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2.3 Births, deaths and migration and their effect on the population of Scotland,1981 to 2003
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2.4 Components of population change by administrative area, 2002 to 2003
(Revised September 2007)
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2.5 Components of population change by administrative area, 1991 to 2003
(Revised September 2007)
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2.6 Estimated population by sex, quinary age group and administrative area,30 June 2003
(Revised September 2007)
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2.7 Projected population of Scotland (2002 based), by sex and age, 2002 to 2026
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2.8 Projected population and projected births (2002 based), by administrative
area, 2002 to 2018
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