Almost 12,000 people, or 12.5% of people living in Kilkenny, have a disability according to the latest publication from Census 2011.
Of the 95,419 people living in Kilkenny, 11,939 said they had a disability. In 2006, there were 87,558 people living in the county, of which 7,941 had a disability.
This would appear to indicate that the number of people living with a disability in Kilkenny has risen by more than 50% in the last five years. However, the exact wording of the questions has changed between the two censuses, and this has made it difficult to ascertain the actual percentage increase in disabilities in the county.
“Given the way the questions were changed it is not possible to identify to what extent these increases mask the actual underlying changes in disability, although a broadly similar age pattern can be observed for both censuses,” the CSO report finds.
Nonetheless, there is a clear correlation within the figures between increasing age and disability. The greatest changes in disability rates were in the youngest (under 5) and oldest (85 and over) age groups.
In general, people in living in cities had the poorest levels of general health, with both the highest level of bad or very bad health and the lowest levels of good and very good health. However, people living in city suburbs had the best overall health, with 92.1% of the suburban population having good or very good health.
Apart from city suburbs, people living in rural areas had the best overall health, with in excess of 90% of people having good or very good, and only 1.4% of people with bad or very bad health.
The census also shows that 106,270 disabled persons in Ireland (almost 18% of all disabled persons) lived alone at the time of the census in April 2011.