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Scotland's Population 2020 - The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends

Scotland's Population 2020 - The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends

Last update: 31 August 2021National Statistics Icon
Next update: August 2022
Frequency: Annual

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Key Points:

  • The ‘Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends’ (RGAR) brings together a range of NRS data to provide new insights and highlight key trends. 
  • This year’s RGAR highlights the impact of deprivation and COVID-19 on mortality in Scotland.
  • The report shows the death rate from all causes in the most deprived areas of Scotland was 1.9 times the death rate in the least deprived areas. 
  • The death rates for drug-related deaths (18.4 times as large), alcohol-specific deaths (4.3 times as large), suicides (3.0 times as large) and COVID-19 (2.4 times as large) were all notably higher in the most deprived areas. 
  • People in more deprived areas can also expect far fewer years in good health. There is a 20+ year gap in healthy life expectancy between people in the least and most deprived areas.
  • Data from the first nine months of the pandemic shows how deaths from various causes compare to previous years.
     

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