Census reveals intimate details of inhabitants of Garden County
PEOPLE IN County Wicklow are more likely to have left education later and with higher qualifications, have a much longer commute to school or work and have greater access to the internet at home than most of the country.
These are just three of the findings found in the constituency profile of Wicklow detailed by the Oireachtas Library and Research Service. The online profile gathered from data contained in the 2006 census gives a fascinating insight into Wicklow’s social and economic differences compared to the rest of the country.
In 2006, Wicklow’s population was 130,356, a 3.1 per cent share of the Ireland’s population and a growth of 10.2 per cent from the 118,309 figure of 2002. You are also more likely to find more people married in Wicklow than the national average, 51.4 per cent compared to 48.8 per cent.
On the flipside 6.2 per cent of the Wicklow population is separated or divorced, 1 per cent higher than the national average.
The average Garden County age is 35.2 years, with more people aged 19 and fewer people in the 20 to 39 age group than Ireland’s average. This could indicate that people reaching adulthood in Wicklow are more likely to move away to work or study than elsewhere.
There are 24,833 family units with children in the county. The proportion of these families with children at pre-school level almost match the national average, but families with adult children are slightly lower.
In Wicklow there are at 15,410 families with at least one child under the age of 15. that means 34.8 per cent compared to the overall Irish figure of 31.4 per cent. 31.3 per cent of these families have one child and 36.8 per cent have two.
State wise the percentage of single mother with children households stands at 19.7 per cent, and 19.4 per cent for Wicklow. 1.7 per cent here are single fathers with children, close to the national 1.6 per cent average.
The census gave a unique insight into the everyday lives of Wicklow people.