National Records of Scotland



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

Households in Scotland increased by 160,000 in last decade

Scotland has seen an increase of around 160,000  households across cities, towns and countryside in comparison with a decade ago.

Published 29 June 2016

Household numbers continue to rise

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase, though the rate of growth is smaller than before the economic downturn.

Published 9 June 2016

Scotland’s population projected to continue to rise

Scotland’s population is projected to continue to increase into the future.

Published 30 October 2015

Continued increase in number of Scottish households

The number of households in Scotland has continued to increase, according to figures based on a publication released by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Published 15 July 2015

Scotland's population reaches record levels

Scotland’s population reached its highest ever total in 2014, new statistics have shown.

Published 1 May 2015