This page has been put together to signpost you to sources of official statistics. All the sources detailed here are available to the public.
2. Information sources
The Scottish Government publishes statistics on a wide range of subjects, from health, education, housing, crime and many more. Explore and download over 250 datasets here.
The General Register Office for Scotland publishes census information.
Here you can view Census 2011 data. This comes under a range of topics:
- Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion
- Housing and Accommodation
- Labour Market
- Population and Households
The National Records of Scotland (NRS) publishes a range of demographic statistics. These include information on:
- Mid Year Estimates (published for Local Authorities and Health Boards). Mid Year Estimates are published for individual age cohorts of males, females, and all people.
- Small Area Population Estimates (published for data zones across Scotland). Small Area Population Estimates are published for five-year age cohorts of males, females, and all people.
- Settlement Estimates: From time to time, GROS produce Settlement Estimates. The most recent of these were derived on the 2006-based Mid Year Estimates / Small Area Estimates. The GROS defines a settlement as having a population of 500 residents or more.
- Population projections(published for local authorities and health boards). Data published include projections for individual age cohorts of males, females, and all people. Household projections
- Vital Events data (which includes information about numbers of births and deaths, and causes of death) for local authority areas.
The NRS produces a summary report for each local authority area and users can access the report for Argyll and Bute.
2.5. The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)
The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation aims to identify the most deprived areas across Scotland. The most recent version of the SIMD (SIMD 2020) was published in January 2020.
Information published on the Scottish Government’s website includes:
- Background to the SIMD
- General report
- Interactive mapping tool
- Detailed data tables
- Analysis, including analysis for individual local authorities.
NOMIS is a source of labour market statistics. It includes data from datasets on population, employment, unemployment, qualifications, earnings, benefit claimants and businesses.
NOMIS produces summary reports for local authority areas, which are updated whenever new data are released. Users can access the report for Argyll and Bute.
NOMIS also provides an interactive tool for enabling user-defined downloads, wherein users can select geographies, dates and variables for themselves.
ScotPHO supports the development of public health information.
ScotPHO provide some useful background information on their website about different types of health-related data that are ‘out there’, and their advantages and disadvantages.
ScotPHO also provide data for intermediate geography areas within each Community Health Partnership.