It takes time to collect, process and check the vast amount of data collected in the census. We try to get the balance right between publishing the results as quickly as possible and ensuring that the quality of the information, upon which key decisions are based, is correct. Users of census data have consistently asked that we concentrate on getting the quality right first time.
We are very confident that the estimates are accurate and they have been through a careful process of quality assurance and review by a series of panels.
As with any census there will be a small percentage of people who will have been missed and an even smaller proportion will have been counted twice (perhaps because they live in more than one home, e.g. students).
NRS Customer Services will continue to provide a commissioned table service for census statistics. This will be available on demand for customer requirements that are not met by the data available in the published tables. The availability of commissioned tables will be determined by: the data available at each release stage; whether or not NRS already intends to release the data later; statistical disclosure control policies; and available resource.
If you would like to see our schedule of releases then please have a look at our Outputs Prospectus which describes what results are included within each of the releases and sets out indicative timings for future releases. You may also wish to subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive regular updates on census outputs.
The census is the most comprehensive population and household survey. 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 everyone needs, such as education, transport, housing and healthcare.
A census is the procedure of gathering and recording information about the members of a population. Scotland’s Census is the official count of every person and household which takes place once every ten years.
An adult in a household is defined as any person who is not a dependent child. This definition is used in most results from the 2011 Census. In results where a different definition is used it is clearly indicated.
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The population of Scotland on census day in 2011 was estimated to be 5,295,403 - the highest ever and a 4.6 per cent rise since 2001.