Population: data introduction

These pages contain a limited selection of charts showing population (and household) estimates and projections.  The main source of this type of demographic data in Scotland is the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Please Note: NRS have recently become aware of errors affecting the age distribution of the mid-year population estimates for 2002 to 2014. The errors have no effect on estimates of the total population of Scotland but will have a small effect on estimates of the total population for NHS board and local authority areas.

Full details of the errors can be found in the Population section of the NRS website.

The table below shows the dimensions and geographies for which data are presented within the data pages which follow.

Table 1: Data for Scotland presented in the Population data pages

 Data presented?
(Y=yes; N=no)
Data dimensions/geographiesPopulation EstimatesPopulation ProjectionsHousehold Projections
By gender N N N
By age group Y Y N
By deprivation group N N N
By NHS board area Y Y N
By local authority area Y Y Y
Time trend Y Y Y
National target N n/a n/a
Comparison with UK/GB N N N
International comparison N N N

Please note: If you require the most up-to-date data available, please check the data sources directly as new data may have been published since these data pages were last updated. Although we endeavour to ensure that the data pages are kept up-to-date, there may be a time lag between new data being published and the relevant ScotPHO web pages being updated.