Language skills data for Local Authorities in Scotland in 2011

Table ID:
LANG_2011_S     (6565818)
Language skills data for Local Authorities in Scotland in 2011
Approx. number of rows:
Table type:
Raw Data
Documentation Author:
Paula Aucott
Reporting units are identified by:
   Local Government District Type
The data cover the period 1881 to 1911.


  1. These data were obtained from tables "DC2120SC - Gaelic Language Skills by sex by age", "DC2121SC - Scots Language Skills by sex by age" and "DC2122SC - English Language Skills by sex by age" for Local Authorities from the 2011 Census of Population. The data was downloaded on 17th November 2015 in spreadsheet format from the Standard Outputs part of the Scotland's Census website operated by the National Records of Scotland. They are under Crown Copyright, but are made available for use under an Open Government Licence.


  1. The data contained a caveat about accuracy due to data protection. This may affect results from the check sums: "In order to protect against disclosure of personal information, some records have been swapped between different geographic areas. Some cell values will be affected, particularly small values at the most detailed geographies." More details on Census disclosure control strategy may be found on their page about Confidentiality.
  2. This table covers local authority units which in Scotland are Scottish Council Areas.
  3. The original data was downloaded as individual tabs for each Council Area in three separate spreadsheets. Each tab was copied and pasted into a new single sheet for each language to ensure the data matched the Welsh data as closely as possible.


  1. The statistical data have not been checked.
  2. The geographical units have been cross-checked against the GBHGIS administrative unit gazetteer to ensure that all units are correctly identified. The unit names and types have been standardised. Each unit has a unique unit ID assigned to it and this can be used to cross-reference against other data-sets.


IndexTypeColumn(s) indexed
lang_2011_s_pkey Primary key rec_num
lang_2011_s_g_unit_idx Unique g_unit, rec_num
lang_2011_s_lau_idx Unique g_name, lg_type, rec_num


The table has the following associated constraints:

lang_2011_s_pkey Primary Key See details above for primary key index

Columns within table:

lau_name Text string (max.len.=104). Name of the Local Authority as it appeared in the original table.
lg_type Text string (max.len.=16). Type of unit.
g_unit Integer number. Unique ID number for local authority unit from the auo gazetteer.
g_name Text string (max.len.=104). Standardised name of local authority (preferred English name as given in the auo gazetteer).
lang Text string (max.len.=24). Name of the language for which skills are being identified.
sex Text string (max.len.=34). Gender of people being counted. M = "Males aged 3 and over", F = "Females aged 3 and over" and T = "All people aged 3 and over".
age Text string (max.len.=44). Age category divisions of counts for all people aged 3 and over: "Total", "3 to 4", "5 to 9", "10 to 14", "15", "16 to 17", "18 to 19", "20 to 24", "25 to 29", "30 to 34", "35 to 39", "40 to 44", "45 to 49", "50 to 54", "55 to 59", "60 to 64", "65 to 69", "70 to 74", "75 to 79", "80 to 84", "85 and over".
tot_3_up Integer number. Count of All Usual Residents Aged 3 and Over.
understands_lang Integer number. Count of persons who Can Understand the Spoken language Only.
writes_lang Integer number. Count of persons who Can Speak, Read and Write the language.
speaks_nototh_lang Integer number. Count of persons Can Speak but cannot Read or Write the language.
reads_lang Integer number. Count of persons who Can Speak and Read but cannot Write the language.
reads_nototh_lang Integer number. Count of persons who Can Read but cannot Speak or Write the language.
other_comb_lang Integer number. Count of persons with Other Combination of Skills in the language.
no_lang Integer number. Count of persons with No Skills in the language.
rec_num Integer number. Unique number identifying row in table.