Historic trends

Deaths per 1,000 in Glasgow, 1855 – 2021
Deaths per1000 Glas 1855 2021
Click on graph to expand

From the 1870s onward the crude death rate in Glasgow declined, falling from approximately 30 per 1,000 to below 15 per 1,000 by the mid 1940s. The death rate increased again steadily between the early 1950s and the late 1980s before returning to a downward trend. In 2020 there was a sharp increse in the crude death rate due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which reached Scotland in early 2020. The mortality rate reduced slightly in 2021.

The crude death rate is the number of deaths in the city divided by the city's population multiplied by 1,000 and does not take account of the age structure of the population. Crude death rates should not be used to compare health between different places.

Comparisons of mortality in different places can be made using age standardised mortality rates and are available elsewhere in this section - for example for Scottish cities

In addition, estimates of life expectancy, which take account of population age structures and mortality rates at specific ages, can be used to compare overall health in different places. For comparisons of male and female life expectancy at a city and neighbourhood levels and by deprivation refer to our health section.  

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

Additional Resources

  • Resource
    Thursday, 26 May 2011

    Your Better Life Index

    A new, interactive index allowing users to measure and compare their lives.
  • Resource
    Sunday, 1 November 2009

    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.
  • Resource
    Monday, 3 April 2006

    Let Glasgow Flourish

    A comprehensive report on health and its determinants in Glasgow and West Central Scotland
View more Resources »