National Records of Scotland



Number of homeless deaths recorded in Scotland rises by 20%

An estimated 256 people died while experiencing homelessness in Scotland in 2020, according to new figures published by National Records of Scotland, with more than half of the deaths being drug-related.

Published 1 December 2021

Pandemic increases death rates for people in deprived areas

The death rate of people living in Scotland's most deprived areas was almost double that of those in the least deprived areas last year, a new report from National Records of Scotland (NRS) has highlighted.

Published 1 September 2021

Scotland records more than 200 homeless deaths in a year

More than 200 people experiencing homelessness died during 2019 in Scotland, where the homeless death rate was higher than England and Wales.

Published 23 February 2021

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