Scotland’s population at its highest ever level

Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. Picture: Alex Hewitt/TSPL

Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. Picture: Alex Hewitt/TSPL

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Statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show that the estimated population of Scotland was 5,373,000 in mid-2015.

The figures show a rise of 25,400 (0.5 per cent) people since mid-2014.

Scotland's population reached it's highest level ever lasty year. Picture: Scottish Government

Scotland's population reached it's highest level ever lasty year. Picture: Scottish Government

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The population increased because in-migration which includes people from the rest of the UK exceeded out-migration by approximately 28,000 people between mid-2014 and mid-2015.

This was offset by approximately 2,000 more people dying than were born. Other changes, such as in armed forces and prisoners, resulted in a loss of approximately 500 people.

Between mid-2014 and mid-2015, approximately 37,800 people came to Scotland from overseas and approximately 18,200 left Scotland to go overseas giving a net migration gain of 19,600.

Picture: Scottish Government.

Picture: Scottish Government.

Between mid-2014 and mid-2015, approximately 47,200 people came to Scotland from the rest of the UK, and approximately 38,800 left Scotland to go in the opposite direction, giving a net migration gain of approximately 8,400.

In the year to 30 June 2015 there were more deaths than births for the first time since the year to mid-2006.

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