Highland profile - key facts and figures


The latest mid year estimates for 2018 are available through the National Records of Scotland.

Results from the 2011 Census show that the population of Highland on census day was 232,132 increasing to 235,540 in mid 2018.

A range of useful Highland Council area statistics are available in the following summary:

View Population Statistics

Highlights include:

  • Population of Highland Area in Mid 2018 - 235,540 - 7th largest of 32 Council areas in Scotland
  • Since 1998 - population has increased by 12.8 per cent (Scotland-wide increase of 7.1 per cent)
  • People aged 75+ increase by 57.4 per cent in the 20 years between 1998 and 2018