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[this is a data cube dataset] A data cube dataset in folders : Population, National Records of Scotland

Settlements and Localities Population

Mid-year population estimates for built-up areas of Scotland.

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Dimensions
Dimension
Value
Age
  1. All
  2. Under 16 years
  3. 16-64 years
  4. 65 years and over
  5. 0-4 years
  6. 5-9 years
  7. 10-14 years
  8. 16-19 years
  9. 20-24 years
  10. 25-29 years
  11. 30-34 years
  12. 35-39 years
  13. 40-44 years
  14. 45-49 years
  15. 50-54 years
  16. 55-59 years
  17. 60-64 years
  18. 65-69 years
  19. 70-74 years
  20. 75-79 years
  21. 80-84 years
  22. 85-89 years
  23. 90 years
Measure Type
  1. Count
Reference Period
  1. 2016
Sex
  1. All
  2. Female
  3. Male
Reference Area
(showing types of area available in these data)
  1. Localities
  2. Settlements
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About the Dataset
Contact
Publisher
National Records of Scotland
Creator
National Records of Scotland
In folders
License
Issued
19/06/2018
Modified
19/06/2018
Next update due
To be confirmed
Description

The settlements and localities datasets are produced to show the boundaries and estimated populations of urban areas in Scotland whose populations round to at least 500 people.

Settlements are defined using areas of contiguous high density postcodes bounded by low density postcodes. The density of a postcode is defined using measures of population, residential addresses and non-residential addresses per hectare, using the postcode boundaries maintained by NRS based on the assignment of postcodes to addresses by Royal Mail.

The larger settlements have been divided into localities, with input from local authorities, as some settlements are very extensive and can group together some very large populations.

The mid-2016 settlements and localities estimates are based on the mid-2016 small area population estimates published in August 2017, and relate to the population as at 30 June 2016. The small area population estimates are based on results from the 2011 Census, and are adjusted for births, deaths and estimated migration in the years since then.

For more information on the Settlements and Localities data, please see the 2016 publication and the Methodology Guide on the NRS website.

Details
Confidentiality Policy
Not supplied
Quality Management

The population estimates for settlements and localities, along with other population and demographic statistics, have been designated as National Statistics by the United Kingdom Statistics Authority (UKSA). To ensure that they continue to comply with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics requirement of sound methods and assured quality, the estimates are subjected to a thorough process of quality assurance.

Any major increases or decreases in population for any settlement or locality are checked to ensure that they can be reasonably explained and are consistent with population trends in the surrounding areas.

Local authorities have also been invited to participate in a consultation process to provide advice on settlement boundaries and how localities should be identified within larger settlements.

Accuracy and Reliability

Figures for settlement and locality totals in this report and the accompanying data tables have been rounded to the nearest 10. Breakdowns by sex and age groups are provided at unit level, but it is not implied that estimates are accurate to this level of detail. The population figures are estimates that have gone through a number of stages of processing, each of which may impact on the quality of the estimates.

The main issue with accuracy is the quality of the postcode estimates that are produced for the publication. Data zone populations are aggregated down to postcode populations based on the number of residential dwellings obtained from the Royal Mail. Dwellings’ populations can vary and some are vacant or used as second homes. This method assumes all dwellings have a proportionate share of the data zones population. In most cases, data zones are contained completely inside Settlements and Localities so the postcode breakdown is irrelevant. The accuracy is instead reliant on the quality of the SAPE publication (as detailed above). Additionally, the estimates by sex and age for settlements and localities can be affected by areas close to but outside of the settlement or locality with unusual age or sex ratios - for example, military bases and university halls of residence. Communal establishments are considered separately in the methodology to prevent this, however our data on communal establishments is not always complete.

For more information on the accuracy and reliability of the Settlements and Localities datasets please see the Methodology Guide on the NRS website.

Coherence and Comparability

It is important to note that comparisons over time are not appropriate for this publication as population changes relative to previous publications may be attributable to factors other than the normal population changes experienced by an area. For example, changes to postcode boundaries affect the inclusion of households on the extreme edges of settlements.

Accessibility and Clarity

It is the policy of National Records of Scotland to make its website and products accessible according to published guidelines. More information is available in the Accessibility section of the NRS website.

Relevance

These statistics are used by both local authorities and central government for various purposes. These include:

  • Contributing to the ‘Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification’ publication which is based on the identification of key population thresholds of 3,000, 10,000, and 125,000;
  • Helping to identify rural settlements in which properties may be eligible for non-domestic rate relief under the terms of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997; and
  • Helping to identify communities which may be entitled to purchase land under the terms of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
Timeliness and Punctuality

The estimates refer to the population as at 30 June 2016. The mid-year population estimates for Settlements and Localities have been published 20 months after this date.

Revisions

Revisions and corrections to previously published statistics are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections.

URI

This is a linked data resource: it has a permanent unique uri at which both humans and machines can find it on the Internet, and which can be used an identifier in queries on our SPARQL endpoint.

http://statistics.gov.scot/data/settlements-and-localities-population
Dimensions Linked Data

A linked data-orientated view of dimensions and values

Dimension Locked Value
Age
http://statistics.gov.scot/def/dimension/age
(not locked to a value)
Reference Area
http://purl.org/linked-data/sdmx/2009/dimension#refArea
(not locked to a value)
Reference Period
http://purl.org/linked-data/sdmx/2009/dimension#refPeriod
(not locked to a value)
Sex
http://statistics.gov.scot/def/dimension/sex
(not locked to a value)
Measure Type
http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#measureType
(not locked to a value)
Graphs

Linked Data is stored in graphs. We keep dataset contents (the data) separately from the metadata, to make it easier for you to find exactly what you need.

The data in this dataset are stored in the graph: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/settlements-and-localities-population

The data structure definition for this data cube dataset is stored in the same graph as the data: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/settlements-and-localities-population

All other metadata about this dataset are stored in the graph: http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/settlements-and-localities-population/metadata

Linked Data Resources

A breakdown by type of the 81,017 resources in this dataset's data graph.

Resource type Number of resources
Collection 2
Component specification 7
Data set 1
Data structure definition 1
Observation 81,006
All metadata
In Graph http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/settlements-and-localities-population/metadata
Accessibility and Clarity http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/accessibility-and-clarity
It is the policy of National Records of Scotland to make its website and products accessible according to published guidelines. More information is available in the [Accessibility]( https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/accessibility) section of the NRS website. xsd:string
Accuracy and Reliability http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/accuracy-and-reliability
Figures for settlement and locality totals in this report and the accompanying data tables have been rounded to the nearest 10. Breakdowns by sex and age groups are provided at unit level, but it is not implied that estimates are accurate to this level of detail. The population figures are estimates that have gone through a number of stages of processing, each of which may impact on the quality of the estimates. The main issue with accuracy is the quality of the postcode estimates that are produced for the publication. Data zone populations are aggregated down to postcode populations based on the number of residential dwellings obtained from the Royal Mail. Dwellings’ populations can vary and some are vacant or used as second homes. This method assumes all dwellings have a proportionate share of the data zones population. In most cases, data zones are contained completely inside Settlements and Localities so the postcode breakdown is irrelevant. The accuracy is instead reliant on the quality of the SAPE publication (as detailed above). Additionally, the estimates by sex and age for settlements and localities can be affected by areas close to but outside of the settlement or locality with unusual age or sex ratios - for example, military bases and university halls of residence. Communal establishments are considered separately in the methodology to prevent this, however our data on communal establishments is not always complete. For more information on the accuracy and reliability of the Settlements and Localities datasets please see the Methodology Guide on the [NRS website](https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/population-estimates/settlements-and-localities). xsd:string
Comment rdfs:comment http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#comment
Mid-year population estimates for built-up areas of Scotland. xsd:string
Comparability and Coherence http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/comparability-and-coherence
It is important to note that comparisons over time are not appropriate for this publication as population changes relative to previous publications may be attributable to factors other than the normal population changes experienced by an area. For example, changes to postcode boundaries affect the inclusion of households on the extreme edges of settlements. xsd:string
Contact email http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#contactEmail
mailto:statisticscustomerservices@nrscotland.gov.uk
Creator dcterms:creator http://purl.org/dc/terms/creator
National Records of Scotland http://statistics.gov.scot/id/organisation/national-records-of-scotland
Date Issued dcterms:issued http://purl.org/dc/terms/issued
June 19, 2018 10:01 xsd:dateTime
Date Modified dcterms:modified http://purl.org/dc/terms/modified
June 19, 2018 10:01 xsd:dateTime
Description dcterms:description http://purl.org/dc/terms/description
The settlements and localities datasets are produced to show the boundaries and estimated populations of urban areas in Scotland whose populations round to at least 500 people. Settlements are defined using areas of contiguous high density postcodes bounded by low density postcodes. The density of a postcode is defined using measures of population, residential addresses and non-residential addresses per hectare, using the postcode boundaries maintained by NRS based on the assignment of postcodes to addresses by Royal Mail. The larger settlements have been divided into localities, with input from local authorities, as some settlements are very extensive and can group together some very large populations. The mid-2016 settlements and localities estimates are based on the mid-2016 small area population estimates published in August 2017, and relate to the population as at 30 June 2016. The small area population estimates are based on results from the 2011 Census, and are adjusted for births, deaths and estimated migration in the years since then. For more information on the Settlements and Localities data, please see the [2016 publication](https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/population-estimates/settlements-and-localities/mid-2016-population-estimates-for-settlements-and-localities-in-scotland) and the Methodology Guide on the [NRS website](https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/population-estimates/settlements-and-localities). xsd:string
Graph http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#graph
http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/settlements-and-localities-population
Has a SPARQL endpoint at void:sparqlEndpoint http://rdfs.org/ns/void#sparqlEndpoint
http://statistics.gov.scot/sparql
http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#nextUpdateDue http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#nextUpdateDue
To be confirmed xsd:string
In folder http://publishmydata.com/def/ontology/folder/inFolder
Population http://statistics.gov.scot/def/concept/folders/themes/population
National Records of Scotland http://statistics.gov.scot/def/concept/folders/organisations/national-records-of-scotland
Label rdfs:label http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#label
Settlements and Localities Population xsd:string
License dcterms:license http://purl.org/dc/terms/license
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/
Publisher dcterms:publisher http://purl.org/dc/terms/publisher
National Records of Scotland http://statistics.gov.scot/id/organisation/national-records-of-scotland
Quality Management http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/quality-management
The population estimates for settlements and localities, along with other population and demographic statistics, have been designated as National Statistics by the United Kingdom Statistics Authority (UKSA). To ensure that they continue to comply with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics requirement of sound methods and assured quality, the estimates are subjected to a thorough process of quality assurance. Any major increases or decreases in population for any settlement or locality are checked to ensure that they can be reasonably explained and are consistent with population trends in the surrounding areas. Local authorities have also been invited to participate in a consultation process to provide advice on settlement boundaries and how localities should be identified within larger settlements. xsd:string
References dcterms:references http://purl.org/dc/terms/references
http://statistics.gov.scot/help http://statistics.gov.scot/help
Relevance http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/relevance
These statistics are used by both local authorities and central government for various purposes. These include: * Contributing to the ‘Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification’ publication which is based on the identification of key population thresholds of 3,000, 10,000, and 125,000; * Helping to identify rural settlements in which properties may be eligible for non-domestic rate relief under the terms of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997; and * Helping to identify communities which may be entitled to purchase land under the terms of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. xsd:string
Revisions http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/revisions
Revisions and corrections to previously published statistics are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group [corporate policy statement](http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/About/CPSonRevisionsCorrections/) on revisions and corrections. xsd:string
Theme dcat:theme http://www.w3.org/ns/dcat#theme
Population http://statistics.gov.scot/def/concept/folders/themes/population
National Records of Scotland http://statistics.gov.scot/def/concept/folders/organisations/national-records-of-scotland
Timeliness and Punctuality http://statistics.gov.scot/def/statistical-quality/timeliness-and-punctuality
The estimates refer to the population as at 30 June 2016. The mid-year population estimates for Settlements and Localities have been published 20 months after this date. xsd:string
Title dcterms:title http://purl.org/dc/terms/title
Settlements and Localities Population xsd:string
Type rdf:type http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#type
Data set http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#DataSet
Dataset http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#Dataset
http://publishmydata.com/def/dataset#LinkedDataset
In Graph http://statistics.gov.scot/graph/settlements-and-localities-population
Structure qb:structure http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#structure
http://statistics.gov.scot/data/structure/settlements-and-localities-population http://statistics.gov.scot/data/structure/settlements-and-localities-population
Type rdf:type http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#type
Data set http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#DataSet
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