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Census information 2011

Scotland's Census 2011

Scotland's Census 2011

What is the census?

Scotland’s census is the official count of every person and household, which takes place every 10 years. The census is held at the same time throughout the UK. In Scotland, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) formerly the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) runs the census with the responsibility for it resting with the Registrar General. For the 2011 Scottish Census, the NRS asked people to fill in a census questionnaire to reflect their circumstances on 27 March 2011.

The 2011 Census asked 13 questions about the household and up to 35 questions about each person who usually lives at an address. People who stay in managed residential accommodation were asked to fill in an Individual Questionnaire. These might be, for example, people living in care homes or students living in halls of residence.

How census data shapes our future

The answers people give to the census are used to produce anonymised statistics that help central and local government, and other organisations decide where billions of pounds of public money will be spent every year, for example, on services such as education, transport, housing and healthcare.

The census is unique because it is the only survey to include everyone in the country. It asks the same questions of everyone and in doing so builds a reliable picture of Scotland as a whole, as well as for groups of people and local communities within it.

Census results

Scotland’s 2011 Census results are being released in four phases as follows –

  • Release 1A (17 December 2012) – Population estimates by five-year age bands and sex for Scotland, total population estimate for each council area.
  • Release 1B (March 2013) – Population estimates by five-year age bands and sex for Scotland and each council area. Household estimates for Scotland and each council area.
  • Release 1C (Part 1 - 23 July 2013, Part 2 - 15 August 2013) - Population estimates by single year of age and sex for Scotland and each council area.
  • Release 2 (2A - 26 September 2013, 2B - 14 November 2013, 2C - 18 November 2013, 2D - 10 April 2014) – Key and Quick statistics; Scotland level population estimates by single year of age and sex, Census Profiles; Population and Household estimates by postcode and Geography products. 
  • Release 3 (Between January and October 2014) – Local Characteristics.
  • Release 4 (later than expected, now likely to be in 2015) – Detailed Characteristics.

An overview of the releases of the 2011 Census results, as they relate to Fife, are being made available on a themed basis, and as KnowFife Briefings (see publications).

Results are available through the Census Data Explorer, and local level neighbourhood profiles are available through the KnowFife Dataset.


To find out more about the timing and content of the results from the Scotland's 2011 Census, please see the Scotland's 2011 Census Outputs Prospectus which can be found on the NRS website http://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/en/


Andrew Ballingall, Research Advisor 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 08 90 Fax: 01592 583527 Contact Andrew Ballingall online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Coryn Barclay, Research Consultant 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 08 70 Fax: 01592 583527 Contact Coryn Barclay online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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