JERPOINT WEST has recorded the biggest growth in population according to new data from the census that has been mapped out based on electoral area by NUI Maynooth.
The population of Jerpoint West has exploded by 39.2% raising 186 residents in the 2006 census to 259 residents in the latest census. Kilculliheen in South Kilkenny also recorded impressive population growth of 37.7%. The population in Kilcullliheen increased from 3,493 in 2006 to 4,811 an influx of 1,318 people into the South Kilkenny electoral area. Gowran also recorded significant growth. It had a population of 1,115 people in 2006 and by 2011 it had grown to 1,450 and increase of 30%
The major urban centres in the county, Thomastown, Callan and Kilkenny all grew with the exception of Kilkenny urban 2. Kilkenny Urban 2 is the east side of the river Nore out as far as the boundary of the borough council area. The population of this area declined by 2% or 69 individuals.
Thomastown grew by 15% while Callan rural area managed to increase its population by 17.9%. The Callan urban area also grew by 13.9%.
Not all the rural towns recorded a growth in population. Freshford population declined 6% and Castlecomer by also fell by 4.5%.
The biggest percentage decline in population was in Castlebanny where the census recorded a 17.5% fall in population. The population of the rural area of Castlebanny fell from a 154 to 127 between 2006 and 2011.
Other interesting statistics mapped out on the NUI Maynooth All Island Research Observatory available on airo.ie included the breakdown of the population by sex. The highest concentration of both males and females in the county is unsurprisingly in the suburbs surrounding Kilkenny city. However the breakdown of each sex by percentage of population is different. Over 53% of the population in Coolaghmoore are female closely followed by Clonmantagh and Pleberstown both around 53% female.
Brownsford near Inistioge has by far the highest percentage of males in the county. 58% of the residents of Brownsford are male a full 3% higher than Kilbeacon and Tullahought which were recorded as being 55% male.