Fife's latest population figures released

Archived news: published on Thursday 29 Apr 2010 by Fife Council

The General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) published its Mid-2009 Population Estimates for Scotland and its administrative areas (local authorities and health boards) yesterday (28th April 2010).

Some of the key points highlighted in the report for Scotland include - 

  • Scotland’s population on 30th June 2009 was 5,194,000 a rise of 25,500 (0.5%) on the previous year and the highest population since 1979. Aberdeen City saw the largest increase of 1.6%, and Inverclyde saw the largest decrease of -0.7%
  •  Between mid-1999 and mid-2009, Scotland’s population increased by 122,050 (2.4%).
  • In the year up to 30th June 2009, births exceeded deaths by 4,585, the largest natural increase since 1991-1992.
  • Net migration into Scotland during the year was 21,700. This included net gains of 4,100 people from the rest of the UK, 17,500 people from overseas, and 100 people from the armed forces. This is the highest since estimates began in 1991-1992.
 For Fife the main points include - 
  • Fife’s population, at 30th June 2009, is estimated to be 363,460. This is Fife’s highest ever estimated population. 
  • Total population increased by 1,570 (or 0.4%) on the previous year and increased by 16,430 (or 4.7%) on Fife’s population of ten years ago.
  • During the year there were 4,203 births and 3,884 deaths in Fife.
  • Net migration for Fife has decreased by 102, from 1,256 in 2008, to 1,154 in 2009. This is made up of - 5,673 people moving in to Fife from other parts of Scotland, 3,339 from other parts of the UK, and 2,269 from overseas. Also, 5,424 moved out of Fife to other parts of Scotland, 3,102 to other parts of the UK, and 1,601 to overseas.
  • The average age in Fife is now 39 for males and 42 for females. 19% of males and 17% of females are aged under 16, 66% of males and 57% of females are of working age, and 15% of males and 26% of females are of pensionable age (similar to the Scottish average).
  • Fife’s male population profile is almost identical to the Scottish average, however Fife has 2% less females of working age compared with the Scottish average.
  • Fife has 274 people per sq km compared with the Scottish average of 67 per sq km, and this ranges from 9 people per sq km in Eilean Siar and Highland, to 3,353 per sq km in Glasgow City.
  • GROS Principal Population Projections for Fife from 2004 and 2008 show high levels of accuracy with the 2009 mid-year population estimates (both projections show estimates of within 30 people compared with the mid-year estimate).
For further information go to the General Register Office for Scotland's website: or contact Andrew Ballingall, Performance and Organisational Support, Fife Council, tel. 08451 555555 ext. 440890, e-mail:

For more information contact

Andrew Ballingall, Policy Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 08 90 Fax: 01592 583527 Contact Andrew Ballingall online
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