Mnemonic (reference code): AGE

Type: Derived variable

Definition: Age is derived from the date of birth question and is a person’s age on 27th March 2011. Dates of birth that imply an age over 115 are treated as invalid and the person’s age is imputed. Infants less than one year old are classed as being 0 years of age.

Applicability: Person




000 - 115

0 -115 years singly

Total number of categories: 116

Source question: AGE is derived from question 3

Image of Scottish question 3 from 2011

Scotland 2011

Reason for asking: This important information is needed to help analyse/interpret all other data. Age profiles and trends play an important part in influencing the resourcing and provision of services for particular groups of residents, for example children and older people.

England & Wales (2011) and Scotland (2001) comparisons: the questions in England & Wales (2011) and the Scotland (2001) Census question were identical to the Scotland 2011 question.


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