Unlike previous censuses, there is no plan to make the actual enumerators' books available to the public at New Register House in Edinburgh.Annual population estimates for the UK and its constituent countries, the regions and counties of England, and local authorities and their equivalents.

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That could deter people from filling in the Census form, reducing the response rate and making the Census results (which are so important for many aspects of Scottish life) less accurate".

Howver the wait is over and the census was released on 5th April 2011 via the scotlandspeople website.

From 1971 onward a wide belt can be seen moving upward with age, with 41.9% of the population aged under 15, then a similar sized group aged 10 to 24, then 20 to 34, 30 to 44, and finally, in 2011, aged 40 to 54.

In just over a decade this group will begin reaching sate pension age.

Included in Scotland's data are numbers of usual residents broken down by age and gender, with figures going back for every census since 1911 (there was no census in 1941, due to the outbreak of the Second World War).

Our interactive graphic, below, shows how Scotland's population distribution has evolved over the last century.

In every census year since, the elderly population has grown as a proportion of the total, while the under-15 group has shrunk in all but two cases.

The latest figures show a significant shift in the balance, with the 65 and over group shown to be larger than the 14 and under group for the first time ever. Click the link below to access population distribution data.

For everyone who's been asking when can I view the 1911 Census for Scotland, when I can see the details of my Scots ancestors, how long do I have to wait for the Scottish census, the wait is over !

To access the Sotlands People site, follow this link to Findmypast and then click on the link to Scotlands People at the very bottom of the page.

So, while 1911 Census information for England and Wales was made available at the start of January 2009, the Registrar General for Scotland only released the Scottish 1911 Census information just after the date of the 2011 Census (27 March 2011), by which time "the 100 year closure period had ended".