Census Population

A series of Fife briefings (see attached publications) set out the key findings for this topic from the 2011 Census information as it is released.

Some key figures for Fife are given in the tables below.

Additional tables are available through the Census Data Explorer at a variety of geographies.

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Highest ever population

The population of Scotland on census day in 2011 was estimated to be 5,295,403 - the highest ever and a 4.6 per cent rise since 2001.

More women than men

There were more women (2,728,000 or 51.5 per cent) than men (2,567,400 or 48.5 per cent) in Scotland. This was the case for all council areas except for Shetland Islands.

Marital Status

The proportion of adults (people aged 16 and over) in Scotland who are married is 45 per cent, a five percentage point decrease since 2001. The proportion of adults who are single (never married or never registered a same-sex civil partnership) rose to 35 per cent in 2011, an increase of 5 percentage points from 2001.

Civil partnerships

There were 7,000 people (0.2 per cent of adults) who reported that they were in registered same-sex civil partnerships.

Interesting facts Fife Scotland
Median age - Males 41 40
Median age - Females 42 42
Number of males per female - under 25 1.014 1.030
Number of males per female - 25 to 64 0.957 0.958
Number of males per female - 65 and over 0.773 0.757
Sex Fife Scotland
All people 365,198 5,295,403
Males 48.5% 48.5%
Females 51.5% 51.5%
Age Fife Scotland
All people 365,198 5,295,403
0 to 4 years old 5.7% 5.5%
5 to 15 years old 11.9% 11.8%
16 to 29 years old 17.3% 18.5%
30 to 44 years old 19.5% 20.0%
45 to 59 years old 21.1% 21.1%
60 to 74 years old 16.5% 15.5%
75 and over 7.9% 7.7%
All people 365,198 5,295,403
Under 16 17.6% 17.3%
16 to 64 64.8% 65.9%
65 and over 17.5% 16.8%
Marital Status Fife Scotland
All people aged 16 and over 300801 4379072
Percentage single (never married or never registered a same-sex civil partnership) 31.6% 35.4%
Percentage married or in a registered same-sex civil partnership 48.2% 45.4%
Percentage separated (but still legally married or still legally in a same-sex civil partnership) 3.3% 3.2%
Percentage divorced or formerly in a same-sex civil partnership which is now legally dissolved 9.1% 8.2%
Percentage widowed or surviving partner from a same-sex civil partnership 7.8% 7.8%
Resident Type Fife Scotland
All people 365198 5295403
Percentage people living in a household 97.9% 98.1%
Percentage people living in a communal establishment 2.1% 1.9%
Household Composition Fife Scotland
Total number of households (with residents) 160952 2372777
% One person household - Aged 65 or over 13.2% 13.1%
% One person household - Aged under 65 18.7% 21.6%
% One family only: Lone parent: With dependent children 7.3% 7.2%
% One family only: Lone parent: All children non-dependent 3.6% 3.9%
% One family only: Married or same-sex civil partnership couple: With dependent children 13.7% 13.6%
% One family only: Married or same-sex civil partnership couple: No dependent children 20.5% 18.4%
% One family only: Cohabiting couple: With dependent children 4.4% 3.7%
% One family only: Cohabiting couple: No dependent children 5.5% 5.5%
% Other households: All full-time students 0.8% 0.9%
% Other households: All aged 65 and over 8.8% 7.8%
% Other households: Other 3.5% 4.4%

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