Scottish Cities

Age sex standardised death rates for Scottish cities
Deaths p 1000 Scot Cities 1991 2019
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In the cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow mortality rates reduced in the period from 1991 to 2010 and across Scotland as a whole. Since 2010 mortality has risen in Scotland and in all the Scottish cities with the exception of Edinburgh. Glasgow remains the local authority with the highest mortality rate in Scotland.  In Dundee there has been an especially notable rise in mortality since 2013.  

These recent rises in mortality are the subject of current research and further details on the rises and their causes can be found on the ScotPHO pages on recent mortality trends


Age sex standardised mortality rates control for the age structure of populations and therefore allow comparison of mortality rates between different areas.

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

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