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Most Ethnic Groups Report Better Health than ‘White: Scottish’

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

New analysis shows that most ethnic groups in Scotland reported better health than the ‘White: Scottish’ ethnic group. Scotland’s Chief Statistician yesterday released a report using Scotland’s Census 2011 data which revealed findings on health inequality and ethnicity in Scotland.

The analysis also showed that across most ethnic groups older men reported better health than older women. Older Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women reported poor health, and considerably worse health than older men in these ethnic groups. Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland reported by far the worst health.

The figures released yesterday were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Notes To Editors

census health data to identify variations between groups. The analysis employs age-standardised rates to compare people of similar age, which avoids the often misleading direct comparisons between populations with very different age structures. 

The full statistical publication ‘Which ethnic groups have the poorest health?’ is available at:

Useful links:

  • Scotland’s Census website:

  • Scotland’s Census website - Additional Tables:

  • Scottish Government Equality Evidence Website: 

Scottish Government’s ‘Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census’

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:


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