The nature of Kilkenny’s housing stock was detailed in Census data released last week, from the types of homes to number of rooms in them and the rate of one-off housing.
The 2011 Census showed, for example, that Kilkenny has 19,796 detached houses, 7,350 semi-detached houses, 4,595 terraced houses, 1,060 flats or apartments in purpose-built blocks, 310 flats or apartments in converted houses or commercial buildings, 34 bed-sits and 96 caravans, mobiles or other temporary structures.
Breaking down the dwellings by the total number of rooms, the data show that in Kilkenny there are 164 dwellings with one room, 963 with two rooms, 2,410 with three rooms, 2,981 with four rooms, 8,421 with five rooms, 6,377 with six rooms, 4,936 with seven rooms, 3,270 with eight rooms and 1,562 with nine rooms.
The numbers also highlight the number of homes with mortgages, without mortgages and in the rental sector. In Kilkenny, the Census recorded 2,632 owner-occupied without loan or mortgage, 2,856 owner-occupied with loan or mortgage, 2,413 rented from private landlords, 1,033 rented from a local authority, 144 rented from a voluntary body and 78 occupied free of rent.