Scottish Cities

Age sex standardised death rates for Scottish cities
Deaths p 1000 Scot Cities 1991 2020Click on graph to expand

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. From 2010 to 2019 mortality rates rose in Scotland and in all the Scottish cities with the exception of Edinburgh. In 2020, there was a sharp rise in mortality rates in all cities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which emerged in Scotland in early 2020.

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. The recent rises in mortality, that predate the pandemic (i.e. pre-2020) have been studied in detail and further information 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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