At NRS, we publish a range of statistics that are useful for understanding COVID-19. Here is a summary of these statistics and where to find them.

Covid 19 1Deaths involving COVID-19  

Every Wednesday, we publish statistics on all deaths where COVID-19 is mentioned on the death certificate. These figures are broken down by age, sex, location of death and geographic area.

Find data
Weekly reports, tables and charts
Open data on deaths involving COVID-19


Deaths from all causes

We publish detailed statistics on all deaths registered in Scotland. Compare changes over time with weekly, monthly and annual figures.

Find data
Weekly and monthly data on deaths registered in Scotland
Detailed annual figures on deaths by sex, age, cause, administrative area, country of birth and ethnic group


Population by age and sex

Each year we publish details of how many people live in each part of Scotland, by age and sex. In Scotland, almost 1 in 7 people are aged 70 or over.


Source: Mid-2019 population estimates Scotland, National Records of Scotland; Excel version.

These annual population estimates were updated on 30 April 2020.

Find data
Reports, charts and tables of data on population estimates by age and sex for different geographic areas, and population density
Open data on population
Open data which shows the number and percentage of people aged 70+, and 85+. Also available as maps (under 16, over 70 and over 85).
Interactive charts which let you see the age structure of the population in your neighbourhood (data zones) and council area.


Household structure

People living alone or with children may find self-isolation especially difficult. We publish statistics on the different types of households in Scotland.

About 1 in 5 people live alone. Older people are more likely to live alone – in the 70+ age group, nearly 1 in 2 women live alone, and around 1 in 4 men do.

Nearly a quarter of households contain children under the age of 16.


Source: projected figures for 2020, from the 2016-based household projections from National Records of Scotland; Excel version.

Find data
Household estimates and projections – reports, charts and data
Open data – projected numbers of households by age and household structure
Open data – household estimates based on Council Tax data which show the proportion of households which receive single adult discounts. Most are households containing one adult or one adult with children. This can also be viewed as a map.


Scotland’s Census 2011 

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Source: Data from Scotland’s Census 2011, published on DataShine Scotland

We held Scotland’s last census in 2011. This was some time ago but it still has information not available anywhere else. It also covers small geographic areas and small population sub-groups.

It has information on:

  • Health
  • Carers
  • Ethnicity
  • Language
  • Occupation/industry
  • Mode of transport to place of work
  • People living in communal establishments such as care homes or prisons
  • Access to a car or van, which can make it easier to get to supermarkets, doctors, pharmacies etc.
Find data
Scotland’s Census 2011 data
Scotland’s Census 2011 maps


Other sources of information

Contact Us

n.b. This article was updated on 30 April to include data from the latest population estimates for Scotland, and on 4 May to add a new link.

4 thoughts on “Statistics relevant to COVID-19

    1. National Records of Scotland (NRS) currently cannot break down COVID-19 death statistics by occupation in Scotland due to the low number of deaths within the population of working age.

      NRS will continue to review and develop these statistics based on user feedback and as new information becomes available or, in this case, if numbers allow for a robust breakdown. We may provide further analyses in future publications.




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