Offaly experiences 8% population growth

THE first results of the 2011 census, have shown the population of Offaly recorded at 76,806 (38,480 males and 38,326 females). The population of Offaly increased by 8.4% (slightly higher than the 8.1% increase for Ireland as a whole) compared with the previous census five years ago.

THE first results of the 2011 census, have shown the population of Offaly recorded at 76,806 (38,480 males and 38,326 females). The population of Offaly increased by 8.4% (slightly higher than the 8.1% increase for Ireland as a whole) compared with the previous census five years ago.

In a reversal of the situation in 2006, when there were slightly more males than females, there are now more females than males in Ireland, with 981 males for every 1,000 females. However, this is reversed in Offaly, where males still outnumber females, with 1,004 males per 1,000 females.

The number of vacant dwellings countrywide has increased by 10.5%, although vacancy rates have dropped slightly, from 15% to 14.7%, due to a 13.3% increase in the total number of dwellings. In Offaly the figures show a total of 3,648 vacant dwellings and a vacancy rate of 11.8%. The results published today show population changes for geographical areas including counties, constituencies and right down to Electoral Divisions.

“The information is available for 3,440 areas. People can go on to the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census and see the results for their own area”, according to Shaun McLaughlin, Statistician at the CSO.

For now only headcount totals for males and females are available. Scanning and processing of the two million census forms has begun and the first definitive results are due to be published next March, within a year of census day.

Mr McLaughlin explained that “These early results are based on the summary counts for each enumeration area which were compiled by the 4,854 enumerators. These clerical summaries have been returned to the CSO in advance of the census forms and the results published today are based on this information. The enumerators did a great job getting their summaries back to us which allows us to prepare these early results of the census.

We’d like to thank the entire census field staff for all their hard work and perseverance over the course of the census field campaign”.

“It is very important to us that we produce early results so that the Irish public can make the connection between the census form they filled out only a couple of months ago and the important statistics that are available as a result” he said.

To view and download the publication visit the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census