National Records of Scotland



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

Number of Scottish households up by 6% in a decade

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase to 2.46 million in 2017, according to figures published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Published 22 May 2018

Scotland’s population increases for eighth year running

Scotland’s population has continued to increase for the eighth year in a row to stand at a record high of 5.42 million.

Published 20 April 2018

Number of pensioners in Scotland to increase by 25% over next 25 years

The population of Scotland is projected to continue increasing and ageing, according to new figures published today by National Records of Scotland.

Published 26 October 2017

Warm homes ‘could see a third of excess winter deaths avoided’

Campaigners called on the Scottish Government to take further action to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes in the wake of new statistics showing that an excess of 2,720 people died in winter 2016/17 compared with warmer months.

Published 18 October 2017

Increased migration boosts Scotland’s population to record high of 5.4 million

Scotland's population has grown to a record 5.4 million following another rise in migration.

Published 3 August 2017

Single person households now most common in Scotland

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase with single person households now accounting for over a third, according to figures published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Published 14 June 2017

Scotland’s population continues to increase

The estimated population of Scotland continued to rise last year to reach a new record of 5,404,700.

Published 28 April 2017

Household numbers to rise around Scotland’s cities by up to 24%

The number of households around Scotland’s biggest cities and within its two National Parks is projected to rise by up to 24%, according to new statistics.

Published 13 April 2017

New household projections confirm need for more homes, says CIH Scotland

Trends towards an ageing population and more people living alone will place sustained pressure on housing in Scotland and increase the need for an effective health and social care strategy, CIH Scotland has said.

Published 1 February 2017

Scotland's population reaches record high

Scotland’s population has grown to a record high of 5.37 million a result of increased migration, according to new figures.

Published 11 August 2016