The number of houses in Kilkenny grew by less than 1% between 2011 and 2016, despite a 4% rise in the amount of people living here.
New data from Census 2016 shows that Kilkenny’s housing stock grew from 39,005 in April 2011 to just 39,226 in April 2016 — an increase of 0.6%.
However, previously released data from the same Census show that the county's population jumped by 4% in the same timeframe, and now stands at 99,232.
The number of couples separating and divorcing also increased, which has become a significant factor in the housing crisis in its own right. Some 4,464 people were divorced/separated in Kilkenny, a rate of 4.5%.
The problems presented by the high demand for and short supply of accomodation are keenly felt by many across the county. A new building programme is under way across the State, but it will be some years time before significant numbers of new units are delivered here.