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About the census

  1. What is the census?

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

  2. History of Scotland's Census

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

  3. Your privacy

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

  4. UK census data

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

  5. Planning the 2022 census

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

  6. 2011 census

    Research, methodologies, and geographies for the 2011 census.

  7. 2001 census

    Background, research, methodologies, and geographies for the 2011 census.

  8. Revisions and corrections

    Revisions and corrections to published census data.

  9. Metadata A to Z