National Records of Scotland

Communities in Scotland's rural and island areas ageing at faster rate than those in cities

Rural and island communities cannot be overlooked when it comes to making Scotland fit for the future and meeting the needs of an ageing population, according to Age Scotland.

Published 28 August 2020

Call for funding package and increased testing in Inverclyde

Calls are being made for a special funding package and localised community testing to combat coronavirus in Inverclyde, which has become the COVID-19 capital of Scotland. 

Published 4 May 2020

Edinburgh and Glasgow drive population increase in Scotland

Scotland's population increased to 5.46 million last year with the rise driven by migration, and Edinburgh and Glasgow accounting for the largest increases.

Published 1 May 2020

Care home residents ‘must not be written off’ as coronavirus deaths rise sharply

Age Scotland has called for a redoubling of efforts to protect care home residents as the latest figures reveal that 537 have died as a result of COVID-19.

Published 23 April 2020

Projected population change to vary across Scotland, says National Records of Scotland

More than half of Scotland's council areas (18 out of 32) are expected to see population growth over the 10 years between mid-2018 and mid-2028 with the remainder projected to face depopulation, according to new statistics.

Published 25 March 2020

Scotland records highest rate of homeless deaths in UK with 195 fatalities in a year

Scotland registered an estimated 195 deaths of people experiencing homelessness in 2018, the highest rate of homeless deaths in the UK, according to new figures.

Published 5 February 2020

Scotland’s population increase projected to continue at slower rate

Scotland’s population growth is projected to slow compared to previous years and older people will make up a greater proportion of the future population, according to new national statistics.

Published 21 October 2019

Age Scotland cautions against complacency amid ‘significant’ reduction in additional winter deaths

Scotland recorded a 13% drop in deaths last winter and a 57% seasonal decrease in additional deaths compared to the previous year, new figures have shown.

Published 16 October 2019

New research reveals that Scotland's poorest are three times more likely to die young

New research commissioned by Aberlour Child Care Trust has revealed that people from the most deprived areas in Scotland are three times more likely to die before the age of 25.

Published 20 September 2019

Scotland's population continues to increase as life expectancy rises

Life expectancy in Scotland has increased over the past three decades but has stalled in recent years, according to a new report.

Published 15 August 2019

Household numbers continue to rise as more people live alone

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase to 2.48 million in 2018, according to figures published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Published 18 June 2019

Scotland’s population at record high though growth has slowed

Scotland’s population has continued to increase and now stands at a record high of 5.44 million, the largest population ever in Scotland for the ninth year running.

Published 25 April 2019

Winter deaths in Scotland reach 18-year high

The number of winter deaths between December 2017 and March 2018 was the highest in Scotland for 18 years, according to new statistics.

Published 17 October 2018

Scotland’s population growing and ageing

Scotland’s population reached its highest ever level last year with migration the main reason behind the growth.

Published 3 August 2018

Scottish household numbers projected to continue increase

The number of households in Scotland is projected to increase dramatically over the next 25 years with single person households set to become the most common type of home by 2041.

Published 12 July 2018