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Sunday 20 August 2017

Average age in Co Louth is 36 years

The latest census results show that the average age in Louth is rising and now stands at 36.4 years
The latest census results show that the average age in Louth is rising and now stands at 36.4 years

Fiona Magennis

The average age of the local population in Louth is rising and now stands at 36.4, according to the latest figures from the census.

The report shows that the average age of the community in the Wee county has risen by 1.2 years since the last census in 2011.

As of April 2016, the average age of the population in Louth is almost 36 and a half years, compared to 35.2 at the time of the previous census.

The figures are contained in the latest report from Census 2016, 'Profile 3 - An Age Profile of Ireland'.

Those living in urban areas of Louth were on average 1.3 years younger than those in rural areas.

The report also shows that nationally the average age of the population is also increasing, rising to 37.4 in April 2016 from 36.1 five years earlier.

Louth, in common with the State overall, recorded declines in both the pre-school and young adults age groups, with the county's percentage decline in both being higher than that seen at the national level.

The other age groups showed increases, and the county showed higher percentage increases than those shown nationally in these age groups.

The increase in the secondary school age group was more than double that seen nationally - 16.7% compared to 7.7%.

The latest figures also indicated that the number of adults in the county increased by 3.4% but only by 1.9% at the national level.

Age dependency is a measure of the extent to which the young (aged 0-14) and older (age 65 and over) populations are dependent on the population of working age people, defined as those aged 15 to 64 years.

The dependency rate in Louth was 55.0%, i.e. the number of young and older people together, were equal to 55.0% of the total number of working age people, compared to the national rate of 52.7%.

The latest census report gave a fascinating insight into the changing demographics across Ireland's, and indeed Louth.

The population it seems has been getting steadily older since the 1980's. In Census 2016, 37.2% were aged 45 and over, compared with 34.4% in 2011 and 27.6% in 1986.

Almost a third of the population 33.2% was less than 25 years old, while 29.5% were in the 25-44 age group.

As to be expected ,the average age of the rural population was higher (2.4 years) older than the urban population, an increase of 0.5 years on five years earlier.

Females were on average 1.3 years older than their male counterparts

The census also revealed the impact of students, particularly those age 18 to 22 years old, who moved from towns and villages into cities, thereby impacting on the average age in these areas.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician with the CSO said: 'This profile report examines the age breakdown of Ireland's population and the characteristics of different age groups by geographic area, accommodation and household composition.'

She added: 'It aims to build on the earlier results on age and sex composition in the Summary Results Part 1 and to provide a more in-depth look at all age cohorts in Ireland in April 2016.'

This is the third in the series of eleven thematic reports from Census 2016. The CSO has also published two Summary Reports providing first results of all of the areas covered in the census. The next profile report' Profile 4 Households and Families' is set to be published on July 27th.

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