Births in Glasgow 1855 – 2017
Births nos trend
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Births in Glasgow rose through the latter half of the 19th century and into the early 20th century as the population grew and the city established itself as an important industrial and business centre. Births reached a peak in 1920 after the end of the First World War before declining. The overall trend in births was then downward from the 1920s onwards to the end of the 20th century, despite a post-war rise in births in 1947 and in the ‘baby-boomer’ years of the 1950s and early 1960s. In the first decade of the new millenium there was a modest rise in births in the city, but from 2011 birth numbers have dropped again. 

Birth rate per 1,000 population in Glasgow 1855 – 2017
Births per 1000 trend
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Birth rates have reduced significantly over the last 150 years in Glasgow.  In the 1860s the city’s birth rate was above 40 per 1,000 but had dropped to half this rate by the 1930s. The graph above picks out some of the peak years for births: at the beginning of the first world war (1914), after the end of the two world wars (1920 & 1947) and in the baby boom years from the mid-1950s to mid-1960s.  From 1964 to 1977 the birth rate dropped particularly steeply, but since then the birth rate has stabilised. In the last 6 years the birth rate in Glasgow has been falling. In 2017 there were 11 births per 1,000 population.  


More detailed data on births in Scotland can be accessed from National Records of Scotland.

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