Population estimates and projections
The National Records of Scotland (NRS, formerly the General Register Office for Scotland) is the lead organisation in Scotland for the production of population figures; ISD does not produce such data. The NRS website publishes population estimates and projections broken down by gender, age bands and a variety of geographies. Key pages include:
- Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends (includes population overview)
- Vital events reference tables (section 1 includes population data)
- Population statistics pages (includes population estimates at various geographies down to data zone, the lowest level currently available. Note that postcode sector population estimates have not been available since 2000.)
The Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) website provides an overview of population estimates and projections for Scotland, and the tables in the population data pages provide a selection of NRS data.
The NRS also runs the Census which produces key population data which are important in deriving the annual population estimates outlined above.
Further data sources and advice
On the ScotPHO website, the key data sources page provides further details on relevant sources of population information.
The NRS can help with ad hoc queries on populations.