New statistics from the National Records of Scotland help us understand the changing population of our settlements and localities.
Published today, the report “Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland, Mid-2020” gives population statistics for the built-up areas of 500 people or more across Scotland.
Information from this report helps give greater understanding of the population of local communities and informs government policy and legislation.
The key points of the report are:
91% of Scotland’s population lived in settlements and localities, which accounted for 2.3% of Scotland’s total land area.
There were 514 settlements in Scotland in mid-2020.
This is 5 fewer than in 2016, due to some settlements merging or falling below the threshold of 500 people.
The population of Scotland living in settlements was 4,974,670.
The population living outside settlements was 491,330.
The largest settlement in Scotland was Greater Glasgow with a population of 1,028,220.
Nearly 1 in 5 people living in Scotland in mid-2020 lived in Greater Glasgow.
Almost all of Glasgow City’s and Dundee City’s population lived in a settlement (99.8% in both).
In contrast, less than a third of Na h-Eileanan Siar’s population lived in a settlement (29.4%).