Search historic census data
This website holds Scottish census data from 2001 and 2011. It will also hold data for the 2022 census. Census data from before 2001 is held in several different places.
Historical reference books
Historical reference books are the main source for census data from 1801 onwards.
Reference books are available at:
- main reference libraries, such as the Mitchell Library and the National Library of Scotland
- the library at National Records of Scotland’s office at Ladywell House
These books are available by topic and by geography.
Integrated Census Microdata project
The University of Essex’s Integrated Census Microdata project produced a standardised dataset of most censuses in Great Britain from 1851 to 1911.
Find out more about the Integrated Census Microdata project.
Online Historical Population Reports
Get complete population reports from 1801 to 1937 for Great Britain and Ireland from the Online Historical Population Reports website.
It contains a wealth of statistical and contextual material covering a range of topics including health, birth deaths and marriages, and the economy.
UK Data Service
You can search historical census data on the UK Data Service website.
Census data is available through: