Kilkenny is getting older, with the average age in the county now 36.6 years, according to a recent release of statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The latest publication from Census 2011 sets out details of the population by age. It shows that in 2011, the average age of the population of Kilkenny increased by 0.6 years since 2006.
The increase is broadly in line with national trends, although nationwide, the average age is slightly younger at 36.1 years old. It is in contrast with neighbouring County Laois, which saw the average age of its population fall by half a year.
The average age of females in the county exceeds that of males by 1.1 years. The data also shows that the rural population of Kilkenny was older than in urban areas – by 1.4 years on average.
The rate of age dependency here is higher that the national average. In Kilkenny, the young dependency was 33.9% and the old dependency was 18.7%, - an overall total of 52.6% compared to a national average of 49.3%.
Age dependency is a measure of the extent to which the young (aged 0-14) and older (aged 65 and over) populations are dependent on the population of working age people, defined as those aged 15 to 65 years.
The biggest spike in population groups was 0-4 year olds - an increase of 18%. There were declines in both teenage and young adult categories.
The report profiles the population according to a number of age groups to give a picture of some of the different important sections of the population: Pre-school children (aged 0-4), primary school-aged children (5-12), secondary school-aged (13-18), young adults (18-24), adults (25-64) and elderly people (aged 65 years and over), and looks at some of the characteristics of each age group including area, accommodation, household composition and marital status.