Alternative Populations

Alternative population bases

The main population base for standard statistical outputs from Scotland’s Census 2011 is the usually resident population, that is all people who, on the night of 27 March 2011, were resident in Scotland and had been resident, or intended to be resident in the UK for a period of 12 months or more (or who were resident outside the UK but had a permanent Scotland address and intended to be outside the UK for less than a year). However, the information collected in the census on travel to work/study also enables statistics to be produced for two alternative population bases: workplace population and daytime population.

a)   Workplace Population

The workplace population is an estimate of the population working in an area. It includes usual residents aged 16 to 74 whose main place of work is in the area. People who work mainly at or from home, or who do not have a fixed place of work, are included in the area of their usual residence. The following population group is excluded from the workplace population of an area: 

  • people living in Scotland but working in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, outside the UK or on offshore installations.

b)   Daytime Population

The daytime population is an estimate of the population of an area during the working day. It includes everybody who works or studies in the area, wherever they usually live, and all respondents who live in the area but do not work or study. People who work or study mainly at or from home, or who do not have a fixed place of work or study, are included in the area containing their home address. The daytime population will include shift and night workers such as hospital staff and security guards.

The following population groups are excluded from the daytime population of an area:
 

  • people living in Scotland but working or studying in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, outside the UK or on offshore installations; and

  • people with a place of study in Scotland but who are not usually resident in Scotland.

    Statistics on the workplace population and daytime population of Scotland at council area level were published on 26 November 2015: http://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/ods-web/data-warehouse.html#additionaltab

    Further analysis of these statistics, and data for other geographies, will be published on this website in due course. More details on plans for this further work will be provided to users in a census newsletter.