Over 4,000 new households in last five years

THE number of permanent households in Kilkenny increased by 4,105 between 2006 and 2011, taking the total number of houses occupied by residents in the county to 33,583.

THE number of permanent households in Kilkenny increased by 4,105 between 2006 and 2011, taking the total number of houses occupied by residents in the county to 33,583.

This is an increase of almost 14% on the 2006 figure (29,478) – exceeding the national percentage increase (12.8) as well as that of Leinster (13.1). More than three in four of these Kilkenny homes were owner-occupied, with less than 24% of households (7,863) living in rented accommodation.

The latest set of results released last week from Census 2011 also show that the amount of houses owned through mortgages rose significantly during the five-year period. The number of dwellings that were owned through an existing mortgage or loan stood at 12,219 last year, compared to 11,743 in 2006.

Apartments

The data also reveals a drift towards apartments as a form of accomodation. In 2011, there were 1,370 occupied apartments in Kilkenny, accounting for 4.1% of all occupied households in the county.

The number of vacant dwellings in the county totalled 4,624 in April 2011, giving a vacancy rate of 11.9%. This was well below the national average of a 14.5% vacancy rate.

The new publication, ‘The Roof over our Heads – Housing in Ireland’, examines the characteristics of over 1.9 million dwellings in Ireland at the time of the census.

“This report provides an in-depth picture of housing in Ireland at the time of the last census,” Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO.

“It presents detailed results on housing characteristics such as heating, sewerage and water along with an analysis of renting in Ireland, the housing situation among non-Irish nationals and a study of vacant dwellings across the country.”

The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census along with all the data, which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables. Small area census data is now also available on the new census mapping application on the CSO website.