Cen­sus re­veals in­ti­mate de­tails of in­hab­i­tants of Gar­den County

Bray People - - News Focus - Myles BUCHANAN

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.

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