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About the census

Find out about why we run the census, its history, and how it is planned and delivered.

  1. What the census is, who runs it, and why it takes place.

  2. How we keep the information you provide in your census return private and confidential.

  3. Background, design and methodology used for planning the census in 2022.

  4. Chart the history of the census in Scotland from the first official population count in 1801.

  5. How we work closely with the other UK census authorities to harmonise our approach.

  6. Research, methodologies, and geographies for the 2011 census.

  7. Background, research, methodologies, and geographies for the 2001 census.

  8. Revisions and corrections to published census data.

  9. Get metadata, definitions, and classifications for all census variables from 2001 and 2011.