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GCHSCP Demographics and Needs Profile


This Profile contains brief notes, tables and commentary that provide a snapshot of the characteristics of the population of Glasgow and its health and wellbeing. It is intended to serve as an easy reference tool to provide essential demographics and population health information at city, Health and Social Care Partnership locality and national level (where available) and it aims to support HSCP staff, managers and partners in assessing needs and in the planning, development and delivery of services for the people of Glasgow.

This Profile was first produced in 2020 and is now revised annually. It includes the latest information available at the time of writing and updates previous versions which can be accessed on the HSCP Performance and Demographics webpage. Previous Profiles were single documents, consisting of a large number of data tables, accompanied by commentary.

This year, the Profile is primarily web-based, split by section, allowing users to navigate quickly and more easily around the different categories of information which may most interest them. Data is presented in the Profile in several tables with high level commentary on the contents of the tables provided.

In addition to this web-based Profile, there is an Excel file containing all tables, sources and links, for ease of downloading data or tables directly, a Full Profile in pdf format and a Profile Summary highlighting key points from the Full Profile. All are available on the HSCP Performance and Demographics webpage.

Profile Structure


This section contains detailed population estimates for the 56 neighbourhoods, 23 electoral wards and three HSCP localities within Glasgow, and the Glasgow City and Scotland total populations by age, gender and ethnicity banding. 

Further population estimates for Glasgow and Scotland by country of birth, English language proficiency and language used at home, sexual orientation and religion are included, as well as projected population estimates by age-band and key indicators relating to housing and household characteristics.

Health and Wellbeing

A Profile of the health of the Glasgow population is then presented. This includes Healthy Life Expectancy, Life Expectancy and deaths and early deaths by cause, a range of physical and mental health indicators and information on the many factors that can impact upon health such as lifestyle and behaviours (including diet, obesity, activity levels, alcohol, drugs, smoking, homelessness), social health/capital, poverty/deprivation, education/participation in learning/employment and crime. Some information on social care needs and provision within the city is also included. Where available, information is also provided for the HSCP localities and Scotland.


Equalities considerations are incorporated into the Profile through data or notes in the Profile tables. These are provided by key protected characteristic (age; gender (sex); ethnicity (race); sexual orientation; religion; long term health conditions (disability)). 


Profile Format

Tables Content

In addition to the main quantitative data provided within tables in this Profile, supplementary analysis is noted in the "Other information/notes" column of tables, where this is pertinent and available. Some of this analysis highlights results by characteristic, including age, gender and deprivation. Please note that where a table contains empty boxes/cells, data is not available for these indicators for the relevant geography.

Sources and Links to Data used in the Profile

The tables in the Profile have been compiled from reliable local and online sources, many of which are classed as official statistics. Many of the national official statistics data sources are covered by Crown copyright through the Open Government Licence.

All data sources, including the period they relate to, are noted below each table and a full list of Profile data sources and links is provided at the end of the web-based Profile and Excel tables file. Please refer to sources directly for further information on indicators, if required.

A short list of hyperlinks to other useful data sources that have not been used directly in the Profile is also provided within the web-based Profile and Excel tables file. These links provide access to further detailed information on health needs and inequalities as well as strategies, plans and work underway aimed at improving health and reducing inequalities. 


Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to have an impact on the data in the Profile in two main ways. Firstly, some data sources which were due to be revised during the years affected by the pandemic, including the Scottish Population Surveys, may not have been updated. These surveys rely mainly on data collected via face-to-face in-person interviews, which may not have been undertaken as normal, 2020 to 2022. Other data sources have been updated using alternative methodologies, such as telephone surveys, with only limited results being produced. Consequently, some indicators in this report are the same as those in the 2022 Demographics Profile.

Secondly, data sources that have been updated between 2020 and 2022 may also have generated data that is quite different from usual because of factors related to COVID-19 such as changing behaviours, practices or outcomes. Data covering the pandemic period 2020 to 2022 should therefore be viewed cautiously.


Further Information

For further information on any aspects of the Profile, please email the Performance Team within Business Development at


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