In the whole population, 0.6% of people are known to have autism. The prevalence of autism in the 0-15 age group is 1.9%. This reflects availability of diagnostic services for autism, which have improved considerably over the last two decades.
Population size is 5,295,403
- Learning disabilities
Once every 10 years the Scottish Government holds a national census to provide a snapshot of all the people in Scotland on one night. For the first time, Scotland's Census 2011 (on 27.3.11), gave people the chance to say whether or not they had learning disabilities and/or autism. This provides a unique opportunity to analyse and present information about people with learning disabilities and people known to have autism, compared with the whole population. You can search the data from Scotland's Census, 2011 on this website.
If you have an enquiry related to Scotland's Census 2011, you can contact National Records of Scotland by following this link.
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0.6% of people in Scotland are known to have autism, that’s 31,712 people
17,348 children, and 14,364 adults are known to have autism in Scotland
7,222 females and 24,490 males are known to have autism in Scotland
37.4% of people known to have autism rate their health as very good, compared with 52.5% of all people; 2.6% of people known to have autism rate their health as very bad, compared with 1.3% of all people in Scotland
20.7% of adults known to have autism have paid employment, compared with 57.7% of all adults; 31% of adults known to have autism are long-term sick or disabled, compared with 4.8% of all adults in Scotland
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