2011 Census Data
The latest results from the 2011 Census in Scotland, published
in September 2013, show that Scotland is becoming more
ethnically and religiously diverse, with an increasing number of
people who live in Scotland being born outside of the UK.
Some of the key points from the release, in relation to Ethnic
- Four per cent of people in Scotland were from minority ethnic
groups - an increase of two percentage points since 2001.
- The Asian population is the largest minority ethnic group
(three per cent of the total population or 141,000 people) and has
seen an increase of one percentage point (69,000) since 2001.
- Just over one per cent (1.2 per cent or 61,000) of the
population recorded their ethnic group as White: Polish. The cities
of Edinburgh and Aberdeen had the highest proportions at three per
cent of their total respective populations.
- A 'White: Gypsy / Traveller' response category was added in
2011. There were 4,200 people who recorded their ethnic group in
this category (0.1 per cent of all people in Scotland). The highest
figure was in Perth and Kinross (400 people; 0.3 per cent of the
total population of that area).
- In Glasgow City, 12 per cent of the population were from a
minority ethnic group, in City of Edinburgh and Aberdeen City it
was eight per cent and Dundee City it was six per cent. These areas
also saw the largest increases since 2001 in the proportion of
their populations who are from minority ethnic groups.
For more detailed breakdown of the figures, please see the
following statistical releases:
- Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: Key Results on
Population, Ethnicity, Identity, Language, Religion, Health,
Housing and Accommodation in Scotland - Release 2A
- Ethnic groups, Scotland, 2001 and 2011
- Ethnic groups, Scotland, 2011
- Ethnic group by council area, Scotland,
- Ethnic group by health board area, Scotland
- White ethnic groups by council area, Scotland,
- Minority ethnic groups by council area, Scotland,
For more information on the September 2013 statistical release,
please see the Scotland's Census website.