Sunday 19 November 2017

Census 2016: Do women outnumber men where you live?

A closer look at Census 2016

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The census data has revealed that women outnumber men in Ireland - but there are places around the country where men are more plentiful than women.

A closer look at the data reveals where in the country men outnumber women - and it seems there is a shortage of men in our cities.

Around the country there are 53,009 more women than men, meaning the national ratio is 97.8:100 women.

But around the country this varies somewhat.

Country breakdown of men per 100 women by age group
Country breakdown of men per 100 women by age group

The data shows the ratio of men per 100 women with Co Laois topping the list of counties where men outnumber women. There are 102 men for every woman in Laois. Only in the age bracket 30-44 does this number dip to 97 men for every 100 women.

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The north west of the country (include Longford, Cavan, Monaghan and Roscommon) also have more men than women with each having 101 men for every 100 women. 

However, in cities women outnumber men in most cases.

In Dublin there are 96 men for every 100 women.

In Cork there are 97 while in Galway there are 92 men for every 100 women.

Kilkenny and Limerick are evenly matched but Warterford just misses the mark with 99 men to every 100 women.

The birth-rate for men is higher which means in younger age categories there are more males than females.

But women live longer so in older age categories the number of women is higher. In the case of people aged over 85 there are 52 men to every women due to the lower mortality rate among women.

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