Research and data in the Scottish Borders: People

Population information

Why is it important to know the size and vital characteristics of our population?

Population data are fundamental to our understanding of our region. We, along with our Community Planning Partners and our communities, use population data regularly to evidence everything that we do. Population counts show us how our people, our society and our local areas are changing. They also form the base that we need to calculate rates and percentages, to monitor whether our strategies and policies are working.

Our Corporate Performance and Information Research and Information Team use population data from official statistics sources such as the Population Census and the mid-year estimates from the National Records of Scotland. If you need any publically available facts or stats about any aspect of your policy area or community and would like help finding it, contact us using the contact details below. Downloadable information and reports about the population of the Scottish Borders will be published we produce them.

Population data topics

National Records of Scotland publishes council area profiles which summarise the population trends in Scottish Council areas using the latest data. These are available to download from the National Records of Scotland, with detailed information on the following topics.

Population estimates

Population projections

  • population projections for the Scottish Borders 2018
  • natural change
  • expected effects of migration
  • projected population by age group


  • births in the Scottish Borders in 2019
  • births by age of mother
  • Total fertility rate


Life expectancy


  • migration in the Scottish Borders mid-2019
  • trends in migration in the Scottish Borders

Marriages and civil partnerships

  • marriages in the Scottish Borders in 2019 
  • civil partnerships in the Scottish Borders in 2019

Electoral statistics

Historical population statistics