Scottish islands: data overview 2023

This report gives a snapshot of Scotland's island-level data as collated in the new Scottish Islands Data Dashboard and draws out key findings relating to each of the strategic objective topic areas set out in the National Islands Plan.


Annual Population Survey, National Records of Scotland (2023)

Businesses in Scotland, Scottish Government (2022)

Connected Nations Scotland report, Ofcom (2021)

Community Ownership in Scotland, Scottish Government (2022)

General Practice - GP workforce and practice list sizes, Public Health Scotland (2022)

Health and Care Experience Survey 2021-2022, Scottish Government (2022)

Household estimates occupied and vacant dwellings data publication, National Records of Scotland (2022)

Household Waste Data, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (2021)

Housing statistics: Stock by tenure, Scottish Government (2022)

Life Expectancy in Scotland, National Records of Scotland (2023)

National Islands Plan Survey Final Report, Scottish Government (2021)

National Islands Plan Survey Results Explorer, Scottish Government (2021)

Population Estimates of Scottish Island Regions (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland (2023)

Population Projections and an Introduction to Economic-Demographic Foresight for Scotland’s Sparsely Populated Areas (2018-43), J. Hopkins and S. Piras, James Hutton Institute (2020)

Regional Renewable Statistics, UK Government (2021)

Scottish Health Survey, Scottish Government (2016-2019)

Scottish House Condition Survey: Local Authority Analysis 2017-2019, Scottish Government (2021)

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, Scottish Government (2020)

Scottish Islands Data Dashboard, Scottish Government (2023)

Scottish Island Regions 2023: Best-fitting data zones, Scottish Government (2023)

Scottish Island Regions 2023: Overview, Scottish Government (2023)

Scottish Islands Regions Metadata, Scottish Government (2023)

Scottish Island Region Populations and Households, National Records of Scotland (2023)

Scottish Island Region Population and Households (interactive map), National Records of Scotland (2023)

Scottish Island Regions Population dashboard, National Records of Scotland (2023)

Sea Level Projection Tool, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2021)

Secondary School Information Dashboard, Scottish Government (2022)

Sub-Scotland Economic Statistics database, Scottish Government (2023)

Suicide Statistics for Scotland, Public Health Scotland (2020)

The cost of remoteness - reflecting higher living costs inremote rural Scotland when measuring fuel poverty: research report, Scottish Government (2021)

UK climate averages, Met Office (2020)

UK Small Area Gross Value Added (GVA) Estimates, Office for National Statistics (2023)

For more information on the Scottish islands, please contact the Scottish Government Islands team:

How to access background or source data

The data collected for this social research publication:

are available from published data sources. Links are given in publication.



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