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Dubs are best paid and most crime-ridden

DUBLINERS have the most disposable income in the country, the most expensive houses and the highest level of education.

The downside, however, is that most of them live in smaller houses with bigger school class sizes and a much higher level of crime.

The latest Quality Of Life study by the Central Statistics Office shows that citizens in the capital have an average disposable income of €21,551 a year – 11pc higher than the national average and about €100 a week more than the people of Donegal.

Dublin houses cost on average €290,668 new and €330,894 second-hand – up to €140,000 more than elsewhere.

Only 12pc of Dubs live in detached houses, compared to 65pc in the west of the country.

More than a third of Dubliners have third-level qualification compared to 23pc in the Midlands.

Dubliners are top of the league for traffic offences: just under 84 in 1,000 people have committed an offence, against just 36 per 1,000 in the northern areas of the country.

Penalty

Kildare has the highest number of drivers with penalty points at 23pc, compared to 13pc of people in Mayo.

Dublin has the highest number of divorce applications at 1,247, compared to 375 in Cork 171 in Galway and 15 in Leitrim.

The capital also has the highest application rate for judicial separation – 490 – while there were only eight each in Laois and Longford.

Tipperary was the only county that had no applications for either divorce or judicial separation.

Latest figures show that 3,335 applications for divorce were made in 2011 and 2,781 were granted.

Northern counties have the highest murder rate in the country – 2.8 per thousand – while Dublin has the highest number of kidnappings at 4.2 per thousand.

Dublin also outstrips other counties when it come to thefts, robberies, fraud, controlled drugs, weapons and explosives and damage to property.

Thefts run at 29 per 1,000 people in the Dublin metropolitan area compared to 17 per 1,000 nationally and 10 per 1,000 in western counties.

csheehy@herald.ie


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