The most recent figures on population for local authority areas come from the first outputs of the 2022 census which estimated that Aberdeenshire’s population was 263,900. This is an increase of 4.3% since the previous census in 2011.
This page provides more detailed information on Aberdeenshire’s population from estimates provided annually by National Records of Scotland.
You can find out about:
- Aberdeenshire total population by year
- Population of wards and administrative areas
- Population of towns and villages
- Population and household estimates and projections
In 2021 Aberdeenshire’s population was 262,690. This was an increase of 1,910 people (0.7% increase) since 2020 and was due primarily to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to people moving out of cities and into more rural areas as workplaces closed, and home working became common. There was a corresponding decrease of 0.7% in the population of Aberdeen City over the same period. Prior to 2021 the population of Aberdeenshire had fallen for four consecutive years after a long period of rapid growth up until 2014/15.
|Ward or administrative area||Population|
|Banff and District||11,198|
|Fraserburgh and District||15,779|
|Banff and Buchan total||35,782|
|Peterhead North and Rattray||14,194|
|Peterhead South and Cruden||13,363|
|Ellon and District||13,810|
|Turriff and District||13,154|
|Inverurie and District||16,221|
|Westhill and District||16,087|
|Stonehaven and Lower Deeside||14,436|
|Kincardine and Mearns total||45,624|
|Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside||10,364|
You can also view figures for Aberdeenshire towns and villages with a population greater than 500 people (PDF 118KB).