Population statistics

  • In 2003, the population of Scotland was estimated at 5,057,400.

Registrar General for Scotland

  • 1,738,706 people were aged 50 and over (55% women, 45%men)
  • 1,084,216  people were aged 60 or over (57% women, 43%men)
  • 819,063  people were aged 65 and over (59% women, 41%men)
  • 957,776  were aged over pensionable age (60 for women, 65 for men) (64% women, 36% men)
  • 334,319 were aged 75 or over (63% women, 37% men)
  • 88,005 were aged 85 or over (73% women, 27% men)
  • 18.7% of the population in Scotland was of pensionable age.

Registrar General for Scotland

  • Life expectancy in Scotland in 1999-2001 was 73.1 years for men and 78.5 years for women at birth, and 14.7 years for men and 17.8 years for women at age 65. Life expectancy has increased substantially in Scotland over the 20th century and is predicted to continue to increase, albeit at a decreasing rate.

Life tables. Government Actuary’s Department.

Population Projections

2001 2011 2021
Total  population 5,064,200 4,982,957 4,894,721
Age  under 60 3,995,468 3,795,917 3,546,253
Aged  60+ 1,068,732 1,187,040 1,348,468
Aged 80+ 194,923 220,753 258,020
2031 2041
Total  population 4,735,447 4,483,596
Age  under 60 3,221,593 3,028,274
Aged  60+ 1,513,854 1,455,322
Aged  80+ 324,975 380,002

Based on: Government Actuary’s Department – Projected population for Scotland at mid-years by age last birthday in five-year age bands, 2001 based (MS Excel, 66.0KB) with assistance from the General Register Office for Scotland.

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