Kilkenny’s population continues to rise

KILKENNY’S population grew by 9% between 2006 and 2011, taking the overall number of people in the county to 95,419.

KILKENNY’S population grew by 9% between 2006 and 2011, taking the overall number of people in the county to 95,419.

The Carlow-Kilkenny political constituency has also shown an increase in population of nearly 9% since the last census, now standing at 145,659 people.

THE results of Census 2011, published yesterday, have highlighted the way in which Kilkenny’s population has changed in the five years since Census 2006.

Bucking national trends, Kilkenny has slightly more men (47,788) than women (47,631).

Almost 50,000 people are listed as ‘single’. Kilkenny has 1,639 divorcees, while 2,284 people describe their marital status as ‘separated’. In total, over 37,500 people in the county are married, 36,430 of whom are on their first marriage.

Kilkenny’s most populous age cohort is the 35-39 bracket, with 7,628 people falling into this category. This differs from the national trend, for which the most populous age group is the younger 30-34 bracket.

The county has 483 members of the Travelling Community, including 252 men and 231 women. This represents just over 0.5% of the population.

The cenus also reveals the different types of accommodation in the county.

With a total of 33,583 dwellings, nearly 20,000 are detached houses, while 7,350 are semi-detached houses. Almost 4,600 are terraced houses, and 1,060 are flats or apartments in purpose-built blocks.

There is an average of 2.8 people per household throughout the county (the state average is 2.7).

The number of vacant houses is 3,569, while 654 flats are vacant also. This is a vacancy rate of 11.9%, compared with the Leinster rate of 10.3% and national rate of 14.5%.