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Notes, Definitions and Maps

Notes, Definitions and Maps

Population covered

The population of an area includes all those usually resident there whatever their nationality. Students are treated as being resident at their term-time address. Members of Her Majesty's (HM) and non-United Kingdom armed forces stationed in Scotland are included; HM forces stationed outside Scotland are excluded.


Population figures relate to 30 June of the year shown and ages relate to age last birthday.

Presentation and use of results

Although the data are tabulated in units, this does not imply accuracy to that level. They are supplied in this way for the convenience of users wishing to aggregate the data to area/age/sex groupings of their choice without encountering rounding problems. Users are advised to exercise caution when using the data at a highly disaggregated level. Appendix E gives some further guidance on the uses and limitations of projections.

Administrative areas

The composition of the health board areas in terms of the council areas is summarised in the table below. Click on the links to view maps of the council areas (152 Kb pdf file) and health board areas (148 Kb pdf file). Pdf files require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download it free .Get Acrobat Reader

Composition of health board areas

Health Board Area

Council Area

Argyll & Clyde

Argyll & Bute, East Renfrewshire (part), Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire (part)

Ayrshire & Arran

East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire


Scottish Borders

Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway



Forth Valley

Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling


Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray

Greater Glasgow

East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire (part), Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire (part), South Lanarkshire (part), West Dunbartonshire (part)




East Renfrewshire (part), North Lanarkshire (part), South Lanarkshire (part)


East Lothian, City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian


Orkney Islands


Shetland Islands


Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross

Western Isles

Eilean Siar


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