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WESTMEATH


AGE/SEX

In April 2011 Westmeath had a population of 86,164, consisting of 42,783 males and 43,381 females.

The population of pre-school age (0-4) was 6,882, of primary school going age (5-12) was 10,111 and of secondary school going age (13-18) was 7,141. There were 9,796 persons aged 65 years and over. The number of persons aged 18 years or over was 63,112.

MARITAL STATUS

Of the 66,724 persons aged 15 years and over, 26,808 were single, 32,322 were married, 2,364 were separated, 1,659 were divorced and 3,571 were widowed.

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

There were 30,739 private households in Westmeath in April 2011, of which 7,128  were single person households. Of the 22,274 families in the area, 6,352 were couples with no children. The average number of children per family was 1.4 compared with 1.4 nationally.

HOUSEHOLDS BY COMPOSITION

Westmeath
State
No. of households % breakdown % breakdown
One Person 7,128 23.2 23.7
Couple without children 5,834 19.0 18.9
Couple with children 11,304 36.8 34.9
Lone parent family 3,314 10.8 10.9
Other 3,159 10.3 11.6
Total 30,739 100.0 100.0

MIGRATION AND NATIONALITIES

92.8 per cent of the usually resident population aged over 1 lived at the same address one year before the census. A further 3.9 per cent lived elsewhere in the same county, 2.1 per cent lived elsewhere in the State while 1.1 per cent lived outside the State twelve months before the census on April 10, 2011.

Non-Irish nationals accounted for 11.9 per cent of the population of Westmeath compared with a national average figure of 12.0 per cent. Polish (2,345 persons) were the largest group, followed by UK nationals (1,929 persons).

LANGUAGES

32,771 persons could speak the Irish language and of these 11,357 spoke the language daily. 9,782 persons spoke a language other than Irish or English at home and of these 1,923 could not speak English well or at all. Polish was the most common foreign language spoken at home with 2,290 speakers.

RELIGION

There were 75,432 Roman Catholics in the area at census time. A further 6,470 were adherents of other stated religions (e.g. Church of Ireland, Islam, Presbyterian, Orthodox), while 3,143 persons indicated that they had no religion.


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THIS AREA: WESTMEATH

LABOUR FORCE

There were 40,956 persons aged 15 years and over in the labour force and of these, 78.9 per cent  (32,319 persons) were at work. The unemployment rate for this area was 21.1 per cent compared with a national average rate of 19.0 per cent.

Of the 25,768 persons aged 15 years and over who were outside the labour force, 29.1 per cent were students, 25.9 per cent were looking after the home/family and 32.3 per cent were retired.

Of the 32,319 workers enumerated in Westmeath, 7,320 worked outside the area. The daytime working population (resident and non-resident) of Westmeath was 28,040 with professional services being the largest industry.

EDUCATION

Of those aged 15 years and over whose full-time education had ceased, 16.6 per cent were educated to at most primary level only; a further 56.4 per cent attained second level while 27.0 per cent were educated to third level.

SOCIAL CLASS COMPARISON

TRAVEL TO WORK

The most popular means of travelling to work was by car (driver) with this mode accounting for 64.4 per cent of all journeys. 938 persons commuted using public transport (bus or rail). The average journey time was 27 minutes and 24.4 per cent of workers faced a commuting time in excess of 30 minutes.

DISABILITY AND CARERS

11,303 persons had a disablity in April 2011, of whom 3,762, representing 33.3 per cent of the total, were aged 65 years and over.

3,607 persons (1,429 males and 2,178 females) provided regular unpaid personal help for a friend or family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability. 22.7 per cent of these provided care for more than 6 hours per day.

HOUSING, INTERNET AND CARS

91.9 per cent of households lived in houses or bungalows while a further 7.7 per cent lived in apartments, flats or bedsits. 21,995 dwellings (71.8 per cent) were owner occupied while 8,175 dwellings (26.7 per cent) were rented. 29.8 per cent of the dwellings in this area were built in the ten years before the census. The average number of persons per household was 2.8 compared with 2.7 nationally.

57.3 per cent of households had broadband connectivity compared with 63.8 per cent nationally. 43.5 per cent of households had two or more cars.

GENERAL HEALTH

In this area 75,903 persons stated they were in very good or good health, representing 88.1 per cent of total persons. This compares to 88.3 per cent of total persons nationally. 1,399 persons stated they were in bad or very bad health, representing 1.6 per cent of total persons in this area. Again this compares with 1.5 per cent of total persons nationally.

WORKERS BY INDUSTRY
Industry Daytime Working Population
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 1,431
Building and construction 711
Manufacturing 3,809
Commerce and trade 7,058
Transport and communications 1,704
Public administration 2,738
Professional services 7,287
Other 3,302
Total 28,040

PERMANENT HOUSING STOCK
Dwelling Type This Area State
Occupied or Usually Occupied 31,7381,705,394
Of which
House or Bungalow 88.0% 84.7%
Flat, Apartment, Bedsit 7.8% 11.0%
Not Stated 4.2% 4.3%
Vacant 4,921289,451
Of which
Holiday Home 6.1% 20.5%
Other 93.9% 79.5%

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For further information contact: Census Enquiries - LoCall: 1890 236 787 Ph: 01 8951460 Email: census@cso.ie