National Records of Scotland (NRS) has recently published ‘Scotland’s Population 2015 – the Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends’, which gives an interesting insight into population and relationship trends across Scotland.

With regards to relationships, the report on Scotland’s Population revealed that:

  • There were 29,691 marriages in Scotland in 2015. Of these, 1,671 were same sex marriages following The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 coming into force on 16th December 2014.
  • The majority of same sex marriages were couples who changed their existing civil partnerships to marriage – 936, or 56%.
  • There were only 64 civil partnerships – 33 male couples and 31 female couples.
  • The average age at which people marry for the first time has increased by around two years since 2005, to 33.6 years for men and 31.9 years for women in 2015.

The report also showed that:

  • The estimated population of Scotland on 30th June 2015 was 5,373,000, the highest ever recorded.
  • In the year to 30th June 2015, 85,000 people came to Scotland (from the rest of the UK and from overseas) and 57,000 left Scotland (to the rest of the UK and overseas). This resulted in a net increase in population of 28,000.
  • There were 55,098 births registered in Scotland in 2015. There were 1,627 (2.9%) fewer births in 2015 than in 2014, resuming the downward trend over the five years prior to 2014.
  • In 2015, there were 504 adoptions recorded in Scotland, an increase of 11% over 2014 and the highest number recorded since 1996. The number of adoptions each year is around a quarter of what it used to be in the early 1970s.
  • In mid-2015, there were 2.43 million households in Scotland, which is an increase of around 160,000 over the past ten years.

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