The number of people renting accomodation rather than buying in Kilkenny is increasing, while the age at which people are buying their own homes is also rising.
According to new data from Census 2016, there are now fewer ‘younger’ home owners in the county than four years ago, while the number of people living in rental accomodation has risen considerably.
In Kilkenny, 8,741 households were in rental accommodation in 2016, compared with 7,863 in 2011. This represents an increase of 11%.
The average rent paid to private landlords was €145.22, which is also an increase on the 2011 figure of €135.58.
The percentage of people who own their own homes in Kilkenny has declined. The home ownership rate here was 73.0% last year, down from 75.4% in 2011.
The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/en/census.