Over half the people who died in Forth Valley between July and September this year lived in Falkirk district.
Latest provisional figures from the National Records of Scotland show of the 667 deaths recorded 339 of them, 162 men and 177 women, were local.
In the NHS Forth Valley area a total of 310 men and 357 women passed away with just under a third of them aged between 75 and 84. Nationally, there were 12,761 deaths registered, 6096 men and 6665 women, 1.1 per cent more than in the same period of 2011.
The number of deaths from cancer rose by 1.3 per cent to 3992 in Scotland, 208 of them in Forth Valley, and although figures are down by just under one per cent across the country, coronary heart disease remains another major killer, claiming the lives of 1761 Scots, 111 in the Central region. Locally, a further 67 died from respiratory complaints, six after being involved in transport accidents and 10 as a result of falls.
Falkirk district’s population now stands at 154,380 - 74,885 men and 79,495 women with 399 births celebratated in the three months, 217 boys and 182 girls. Forth Valley is home to 295,541 people, a rise of 748, with over half of them female.
The number of marriage ceremonies performed across Falkirk was 320, compared with 680 in Forth Valley and 11,635 in Scotland. There were only two civil partnerships locally, both involving females, with nine in Forth Valley and 206 across the country.
Overall 14,688 births were registered in the third quarter of the year, 528 or 3.5 per cent fewer than in the same three months of 2011. The number of marriages dropped by 0.2 per cent, 18 down on the same period last year, while the number of civil partnerships nationally went up by 12.
Acting Registrar General for Scotland Audrey Robertson said: “The number of births has tended to decline gradually over recent years with fewer in the third quarter of each of the years from 2007 to 2011. In historical terms the number of marriages was relatively low, however the total in successive periods of four quarters has been increasing. While there is usually some year-to-year fluctuation in the number of deaths, last year Scotland recorded its lowest ever total.”