Category Archives: Scotland's Census

The Broons do their bit to help shape Scotland’s Future

One of the nation’s best-loved fictional families, The Broons, got down to completing the census at Number 10 Glebe Street, Auchenshoogle on Census Day (Sunday 27 March). The storyline saw Paw Broon attempting to fill in the form amid the confusion of who exactly was staying chez Broon on census night itself. The cartoon strip […]

Organisations in Scotland back the 2011 Census

With less than a week to go until census day on Sunday, March 27, organisations throughout Scotland are backing the population count. The planning and allocation of billions of pounds worth of public services depends on everyone being included in the 2011 Census, and organisations endorsing the once-a-decade event include student groups, business users, equality […]

Enumerators take to the streets

Enumerators take to the streets. Census takers (enumerators) are now hand delivering around 2.5 million census questionnaires throughout Scotland: every household should have a copy by Census Day on Sunday March 27. You can fill in your questionnaire as soon as it arrives – provided your answers cover the people living or staying with you […]

Scotland’s Census team at The Gathering 2011

Members of Scotland’s Census communications team have been out and about this week at The Gathering – Scotland’s voluntary sector fair. Members of the team have been manning a census information stall at the annual event which attracts around 3,000 visitors over 2 days. The team has used the event as an opportunity to network […]

Census launch

The census only comes around once every 10 years and today our activity to explain what the census is, and why it matters, moved up a gear with the launch of our ‘Painting by Numbers’ advertising campaign. The launch saw children from Edinburgh’s Elsie Inglis Nursery and residents of neighbouring Elsie Inglis Nursing Home brush […]

Scottish census teams now fully recruited

Local census teams across Scotland are now all recruited and ready to start delivering the questionnaires from 7 March.

2011 – Shaping our future

Over the last 15 months we have charted 150 years of Scotland’s Registrar General’s responsibility for the country’s census. Just by dipping into each decade you can see how the nation has changed significantly in areas such as industry, technology, immigration and culture. Scotland’s Census is unique in its capacity to chart our history, inform […]

2001 – Devolution in Scotland

The 2001 Census in Scotland was the first to be approved by the devolved Scottish Parliament created in 1999, rather than by the Westminster Parliament. The Scottish Parliament, like its counterpart in London, insisted on an important change to the question set – the inclusion of a voluntary question about religion. This was the first […]

1991 – Ethnicity Question

There was one big change in the question set for 1991 – the inclusion of an ethnic group question in a British census for the first time. This followed careful testing to find a broadly-acceptable wording and a final trial in 1989 in Berwickshire, East Lothian and Edinburgh. It proved to be one of the […]

1981 – Black Gold

The discovery of oil in the North Sea resulted in a significant increase to the population of Scotland’s North East and Shetland Islands. This can be clearly seen if you look at the 1971 and 1981 census results. For example, the population of Shetland had fallen to nearly 17,000 by the mid 60’s, and the […]