5,122,500, a fall of 5,500 or 0.1 per cent, since mid-1996. This figure is taken from the population estimates for mid-1997 released today, by the Registrar General for Scotland. The information gives the estimated mid-1997 population at the council and health board areas of Scotland by age and sex.
The small population fall is almost entirely due to migration loss (three quarters to the rest of the UK and one quarter overseas). Births and deaths are in balance. The population remains relatively stable at just over 5.1 million, being 10,000 higher than a decade ago and 14,000 lower than the recent peak in 1995.
Within Scotland, amongst council areas, West Lothian, Stirling and
Eilean Siar (-2.2 per cent), Dundee City (-0.9 per cent) and Glasgow
City (-0.8 per cent) experienced the largest percentage decreases.
Within health board areas, Lothian (+0.5 per cent) and Forth Valley
(+0.4 per cent) showed the largest percentage increases. Western Isles
health board area had the largest decrease (-2.2 per cent), followed by Greater Glasgow and Grampian (both at -0.5 per cent).
1. A table is available presenting a summary of these estimates for
council and health board areas with details of the components of
population change for the period mid-1996 to mid-1997. LGCnet subscribers wishing a faxed copy of the table should telephone us on 0171 833 7324/5.
2. A booklet, Mid-1997 Population Estimates, Scotland, giving
further details by age and sex, of the mid-1997 population estimates,
will be published on May 29, 1998.
3. More detailed tables covering age and sex breakdowns, are
available currently, either as printed tables or on floppy disk, for a
small charge. For further information contact:
Population Statistics Branch
General Register Office for Scotland
Edinburgh, EH12 7TF
Telephone: 0131 314 4254
Facsimile: 0131 314 4344