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.
Deaths 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.
|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.
|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.
These annual population estimates were updated on 30 April 2020.
|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.|
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.
|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
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:
- 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.
|Scotland’s Census 2011 data|
|Scotland’s Census 2011 maps|
Other sources of information
- Scotland: See the latest advice and information (including daily test numbers) from the Scottish Government.
- See the full daily data from the Scottish Government. This includes data on 111 calls, ambulance attendances, hospital care, care homes, workforce, testing and deaths. It is also available as open data, and on GitHub.
- UK: See the latest data and analysis on COVID-19 from the Office for National Statistics and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
- Please get in touch if you need any further information, or have any suggestions for improvement.
- For media enquiries, please contact NRS Communications.
- For all other enquiries, please contact our Statistics Customer Services team.
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.