8% increase in population

OVER 76,000 people are now residing in county Offaly, respresenting an 8% increase in population in the last five years.

OVER 76,000 people are now residing in county Offaly, respresenting an 8% increase in population in the last five years.

The figures were published recently in the Statistical Yearbook compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The information is derived from the administrative work of Government departments, semi state bodies and local authorities.

The tables in this yearbook were prepared during August 2011 and in general, they contain details relating to 2010. Some of these results are provisional and are subject to revision.

The information shows there were 1,231 births, which represents 2.9% of the total births in Leinster in 2010. Last year, there were 872 deaths in Offaly, representing just over 6% of the total deaths in the province.

Meanwhile, according to the statistics, there almost a halving of the number of new cars registered for the first time from 2001 to 2010