Re­vealed: CoWick­low’s ‘mostafflu­ent and­de­prived’ com­mu­ni­ties

US­ING 2016 CEN­SUS DATA, NON-PROFIT COM­PANY POBAL HAS PRO­DUCED A ‘DE­PRI­VA­TION IN­DEX’ OUT­LIN­ING AR­EAS OF REL­A­TIVE AF­FLU­ENCE OR DIS­AD­VAN­TAGE. SIFTS THROUGH THE FIG­URES FOR COUNTY WICK­LOW

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

COUNTY Wick­low is ‘marginally above av­er­age’ in terms of de­pri­va­tion or af­flu­ence, ac­cord­ing to the study done by non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Pobal. This has been the case since 2006, with scores fluc­tu­at­ing from 1.28 in 2006, to 1.03 in 2011, and up to 1.43 in 2016.

The in­dex is based on data from the cen­sus and mea­sures the rel­a­tive af­flu­ence or dis­ad­van­tage of a par­tic­u­lar area.

A score is as­signed to the area based on a na­tional av­er­age of around -40 (the most dis­ad­van­taged) to 40 (the most af­flu­ent).

The data is ar­ranged in cat­e­gories in­clud­ing age de­pen­dency, sin­gle par­ent ra­tio, ed­u­ca­tion from pri­mary to third level, un­em­ploy­ment and pro­por­tion liv­ing in lo­cal au­thor­ity rented hous­ing.

While the vast ma­jor­ity of the county is above av­er­age, the larger ur­ban cen­tres along the east coast are ar­eas of con­tra­dic­tion.

There is only one ‘very af­flu­ent’ area within County Wick­low, and that is the Bur­nagy area of Grey­stones, while there is no ‘af­flu­ent’ ‘area in Ark­low.

The only pocket of af­flu­ence west of En­niskerry is Bur­gage, neaar Bless­ing­ton.

In Bray, an area north of the Dar­gle from Cas­tle Street east is ‘marginally bel­low av­er­age’. This was the case in 2011, but the score has in­creased by 4.73 points.

In this pop­u­la­tion of 198, 26 per cent went to pri­mary school only, and 34.48 third level. The age de­pen­dency level is 24.75 per cent and the age de­pen­dency ra­tio 33 per cent. 27.27 per cent were with­out a car.

Across the Fran O’Toole Bridge and west, the in­dex shows ‘marginally be­low av­er­age’. 21.79 per cent of males and 19.05 per cent of fe­males were un­em­ployed.

With a pop­u­la­tion of 267, 25 per cent had pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion, and 23.74 third level. The age de­pen­dency was 30.71 per cent, and lone par­ent ra­tion 27 per cent.

Just across the river, The Malt­ings was found to be ‘af­flu­ent’ with an in­dex of 13.17. Just one per cent of res­i­dents had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion only, with 61.11 hav­ing third level only. 3.17 per cent of males were un­em­ployed, and 7.69 per cent of fe­males.

An area in Lit­tle Bray in­clud­ing James Everett Park was ‘very dis­ad­van­taged’ with a score of -20.91.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 44.08 per cent and the lone par­ent ra­tio 42 per cent.

33 per cent of res­i­dents had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion only, and 6.77 per cent third level ed­u­ca­tion. 20.93 of men were un­em­ployed, and 27.03 per cent of women.

Neigh­bour­ing ar­eas were dis­ad­van­taged, very dis­ad­van­tages, or marginally be­low av­er­age.

An area to­wards the south of Bray in­clud­ing King Ed­ward Road and Ross­lyn was only found to be ‘marginally above av­er­age’ de­spite hav­ing high-value prop­er­ties.

The Pobal HP In­dex 2016 in this area was 5.71. The age de­pen­dency ra­tion was 50.21 per cent and the lone par­ent ra­tio zero per cent.

The pro­por­tion of pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion only was five per cent, and third level ed­u­ca­tion was 46.84 per cent. Un­em­ploy­ment was low, at 6.38 for men and 2.2 per cent for wimen.

The pop­u­la­tion of Kil­macanogue was found to be gen­er­ally above av­er­age, in­clud­ing in the ru­ral sur­rounds.

One sec­tion close to the vil­lage cen­tre, with a pop­u­la­tion of 309, was found to be dis­ad­van­taged with an in­dex of -11.67.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tion there was 34.95 and lone par­ent ra­tio 32.

20 per cent had pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion only, and 19.23 per cent third level ed­u­ca­tion. 27.03 per cent of males were un­em­ployed, and 20.29 per cent of fe­males.

Most of Grey­stones was found to be ei­ther af­flu­ent or marginally above av­er­age, with just one sec­tion ‘very af­flu­ent’.

At Rath­down Up­per, an af­flu­ent area, the in­dex was 10.15 with a pop­u­la­tion of 307.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 39.41 per cent, and lone par­ent 18 per cent.

Nine per cent had pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion, and 55 per cent third level. None of the res­i­dents were rent­ing from lo­cal au­thor­ity.

Un­em­ploy­ment was 5.88 per cent for men and 2.99 per cent for women.

One sec­tion of Kindlestown Park, with a pop­u­la­tion of 251 was ‘ very dis­ad­van­taged’ and had an in­dex of -11.91.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 22.71 per cent, and lone par­ent ra­tio 39 per cent.

24 per cent of peo­ple had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion only, and 16.95 per cent third level. 55.42 were lo­cal au­thor­ity rented.

Em­ploy­ment was 25.61 for men and 29.31 for women.

No­body in the Burn­aby was un­em­ployed and one per cent of the 307 had pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion only. 63.13 had third level.

This was the only ‘ very af­flu­ent’ area in County Wick­low with an in­dex of 21.11. The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 41.04, and the lone par­ent ra­tio 7.

Del­gany had no dis­ad­van­taged area, with ev­ery part of the vil­lage ‘af­flu­ent’ or marginally above av­er­age’.

Close to the vil­lage cen­tre, a pop­u­la­tion of 356 had an in­dex of 18.13 and was ‘af­flu­ent’. Two per cent had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion and 69.68 third level. Un­em­ploy­ment was 1.19 in males and 3.57 in fe­males.

In Kilcoole, there was a dis­ad­van­taged area to the west of Main Street, in­clud­ing Bull­ford.

The in­dex was -11.24 for a pop­u­la­tion of 259. The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 41.70 per cent and the lone par­ent ra­tio 19 per cent.

26 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion only, and 21.6 third level. Un­em­ploy­ment was 21.88 in men and 21.28 in women.

An area to the east of Main Street in­clud­ing Sea Road was found to be ‘af­flu­ent’ in the in­dex.

The pop­u­la­tion was 456 and the in­dex 10.24. Age de­pen­dency was 31.36 per cent, and lone par­ent ra­tio 13 per cent.

Seven per cent of peo­ple had pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion only, and 35.86 third level.

Un­em­ploy­ment was 3.05 for men and 8,4 for women.

The area of New­town­moun­tkennedy be­yond the vil­lage cen­tre to Kilmurray, with a pop­u­la­tion of 717, was af­flu­ent, with a in­dex of 13.19.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 33.47 per cent, and lone par­ent ra­tio 19 per cent. Seven per cent had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion only, and 41.65 third level.

7.51 per cent of men were un­em­ployed, and 7.1 per cent of women.

Much of the vil­lage was found to be above av­er­age, with one sec­tion close to the vil­lage cen­tre dis­ad­van­taged.

The area, with a pop­u­la­tion of 235, had a score of -12.98 on the in­dex.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 38.3 and the lone par­ent ra­tio 14.

31 per cent had pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion only and 11.04 per cent third level. 9.52 were lo­cal au­thor­ity rented.

Un­em­ploy­ment was 17.91 per cent in men and 6.82 per cent in women.

New­cas­tle was mainly af­flu­ent, or above av­er­age, with no ar­eas of dis­ad­van­tage. For ex­am­ple, an area in­clud­ing Le­abeg and Kil­mullen had an in­dex of 17.11, af­flu­ent.

None of the res­i­dents were rent­ing from lo­cal au­thor­ity and un­em­ploy­ment was 4.58 per cent in men and 5.77 per cent in women.

An area in­clud­ing Sea Court and Seamount Drive was marginally be­low av­er­age, with an in­dex of -9.71. Un­em­ploy­ment here was 32.79 in men and 10 per cent in women.

The only af­flu­ent area in west Wick­low was Bur­gage. The small pop­u­la­tion of 130 out­side Bless­ing­ton had an in­dex of 10.86.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 31.54 per cent and lone par­ent ra­tio 40 per cent. Nine per cent had pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion, and 43.08 per cent third level. 3.33 per cent were lo­cal au­thor­ity rented.

Un­em­ploy­ment was 15 per cent for men and 6.45 for women.

Hol­ly­wood had an above av­er­age sec­tion with a pop­u­la­tion of 357. The in­dex was 3.96.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 37.25 and lone par­ent ra­tio 10 per cent. 15 per cent had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, and 36.74 third level.

Un­em­ploy­ment was 7.53 per cent in men and 6.85 per cent in women.

Donard, mean­while, had a slightly be­low av­er­age area of 254 peo­ple and an in­dex of -0.17.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 36.61, lone par­ent ra­tio 13 per cent.

12 per cent had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, and 26.58 third level ed­u­ca­tion. Un­em­ploy­ment was 7.46 per cent in men and 12.96 in women.

Vast tracts of the west and ru­ral ar­eas in the rest of the county were very close to av­er­age.

For ex­am­ple Round­wood, in the Sragh­more area, had an in­dex of 4.95. Un­em­ploy­ment here was 6.67 in men and 5.97 in women.

Ash­ford was gen­er­ally av­er­age, with one af­flu­ent area south of Coynes Cross. With a pop­u­la­tion of 123, the in­dex was 14.26.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 34.96 per cent and lone par­ent ra­tio eight per cent.

Un­em­ploy­ment was zero per cent in men and 4 per cent in women.

In the town­land of Bally­beg, the area was very dis­ad­van­taged with an in­dex of -21.79. Over­all the Rath­new area was av­er­age.

For the most part, ar­eas of Wick­low Town were ei­ther slightly above or be­low av­er­age, with just one or two pock­ets of ex­tremes.

Marl­ton Park was afllu­ent, with a pop­u­la­tion of 581. The in­dex there was 12.91.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 32.87, and there was a lone par­ent ra­tio of 9 per cent.

Two per cent had ed­u­ca­tion to pri­mary level, and 53.09 per cent to third level. Un­em­ploy­ment was 6.92 per cent in men and 6.06 per cent in women.

An area at Hil­lview was very dis­ad­van­taged, with an in­dex of 20.33 per cent.

The age de­pen­dence ra­tio was 37.89 and lone par­ent ra­tio 44 per cent. 17 per cent had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion only, and 12.24 per cent third level. 100 per cent were lo­cal au­thor­ity rented.

Un­em­ploy­ment was 56.41 in men and 32.56 in women.

Ark­low had no af­flu­ent ar­eas. An area at the ma­rina was marginally above av­er­age, and an area at Mar­ian Vil­las was very dis­ad­van­taged.

Much of the town cen­tre was very dis­ad­van­taged, or dis­ad­van­taged, whereas the out­skirts were mainly be­low av­er­age.

At the ma­rina area, a pop­u­la­tion of 242 had an in­dex of 3.27.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 24.38 and the lone par­ent ra­tio 24.

Five per cent had pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion only, and 43.87 third level ed­u­ca­tion. Un­em­ploy­ment was 15.29 per cent in men and 17.91 per cent in women.

Mar­ian Vil­las was -21.65 on the in­dex, very dis­ad­van­taged. The sec­tion pop­u­la­tion was 209.

The age de­pen­dency ra­tio was 26.32 and lone par­ent ra­tio 58 per cent.

29 per cent had pri­mary cation only, and 5.6 per cent third level ed­u­ca­tion. Un­em­ploy­ment was 35.59 in men and 42.55 in women.

BY ELEC­TORAL DISTRICT

Above: A map of Bray and district, and Grey­stones, show­ing marked dif­fer­ences in lo­cal ar­eas. Left: A map of Co Wick­low’s elec­toral dis­tricts is con­sis­tently ‘av­er­age’, but a fur­ther break­down of small ar­eas (op­po­site page) re­veals clear pock­ets of af­flu­ence and dis­ad­van­tage.

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