This is a list of towns and cities in Scotland with a population of more than 15,000, ordered by population, as defined and compiled by the National Records of Scotland organisation. This article is divided into two sections. The first section of this article ("Localities") contains a list of basic populated areas ordered by population. The second section of this article ("Settlements") is a list of populated urban areas, some of which are composed of more than one locality, and which may span across the boundaries of more than one council area. All localities are either settlements, themselves, or contained within larger settlements. As of 2016, there are 655 localities in Scotland, of which 466 are also settlements. The remaining localities are contained within 53 settlements.


In Scotland, locality refers to a populated area composed of contiguous postcodes with populations of at least 500. The 51 localities with a population over 15,000 are listed below. is the fifth most populous locality in Scotland, and the largest town by population]] is both the third largest locality and settlement]] File:Street Modernization - geograph.org.uk - 3045085.jpg|thumb|[[Motherwell is the 24th most populous locality, but anchors a defined settlement covering much of [[North Lanarkshire]] that is Scotland's 5th largest]]


In Scotland, settlement refers to a "collection of contiguous high density postcodes bounded by low density postcodes whose population was 500 or more". For example, the area of Ayr includes the adjoining localities of Ayr and Prestwick. However, most settlements coincide to a single locality. The 44 settlements with a population over 15,000 are listed below.

See also

*Local government in Scotland *Subdivisions of Scotland


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