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SMALL DECREASE IN THE POPULATION OF SCOTLAND

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Scotland's population on June 30, 1997 is estimated to have been ...
Scotland's population on June 30, 1997 is estimated to have been

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

East Lothian all showed the largest percentage increase (+1.0 per cent).

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).

NOTES

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:

Peter Jamieson

Customer Services

Population Statistics Branch

General Register Office for Scotland

Ladywell House

Ladywell Road

Edinburgh, EH12 7TF

Telephone: 0131 314 4254

Facsimile: 0131 314 4344

E-Mail: customer@gro-scotland.gov.uk

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