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AREA PROFILE FOR COUNTY

KERRY


AGE/SEX

In April 2011 Kerry had a population of 145,502, consisting of 72,629 males and 72,873 females.

The population of pre-school age (0-4) was 10,025, of primary school going age (5-12) was 15,326 and of secondary school going age (13-18) was 11,177. There were 20,988 persons aged 65 years and over. The number of persons aged 18 years or over was 110,562.

MARITAL STATUS

Of the 116,150 persons aged 15 years and over, 44,862 were single, 57,914 were married, 3,377 were separated, 2,866 were divorced and 7,131 were widowed.

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

There were 53,306 private households in Kerry in April 2011, of which 14,038  were single person households. Of the 37,248 families in the area, 11,153 were couples with no children. The average number of children per family was 1.4 compared with 1.4 nationally.

HOUSEHOLDS BY COMPOSITION

Kerry
State
No. of households % breakdown % breakdown
One Person 14,038 26.3 23.7
Couple without children 10,382 19.5 18.9
Couple with children 18,427 34.6 34.9
Lone parent family 5,571 10.5 10.9
Other 4,888 9.2 11.6
Total 53,306 100.0 100.0

MIGRATION AND NATIONALITIES

94.4 per cent of the usually resident population aged over 1 lived at the same address one year before the census. A further 3.6 per cent lived elsewhere in the same county, 1.1 per cent lived elsewhere in the State while 0.9 per cent lived outside the State twelve months before the census on April 10, 2011.

Non-Irish nationals accounted for 11.2 per cent of the population of Kerry compared with a national average figure of 12.0 per cent. UK nationals (5,191 persons) were the largest group, followed by Polish (4,048 persons).

LANGUAGES

64,105 persons could speak the Irish language and of these 21,792 spoke the language daily. 13,109 persons spoke a language other than Irish or English at home and of these 2,507 could not speak English well or at all. Polish was the most common foreign language spoken at home with 3,942 speakers.

RELIGION

There were 127,637 Roman Catholics in the area at census time. A further 9,075 were adherents of other stated religions (e.g. Church of Ireland, Islam, Presbyterian, Orthodox), while 6,884 persons indicated that they had no religion.


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THIS AREA: KERRY

LABOUR FORCE

There were 69,286 persons aged 15 years and over in the labour force and of these, 80.5 per cent  (55,767 persons) were at work. The unemployment rate for this area was 19.5 per cent compared with a national average rate of 19.0 per cent.

Of the 46,864 persons aged 15 years and over who were outside the labour force, 25.1 per cent were students, 24.8 per cent were looking after the home/family and 38.2 per cent were retired.

Of the 55,767 workers enumerated in Kerry, 4,026 worked outside the area. The daytime working population (resident and non-resident) of Kerry was 40,891 with professional services being the largest industry.

EDUCATION

Of those aged 15 years and over whose full-time education had ceased, 17.4 per cent were educated to at most primary level only; a further 56.2 per cent attained second level while 26.4 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 61.9 per cent of all journeys. 644 persons commuted using public transport (bus or rail). The average journey time was 22 minutes and 16.1 per cent of workers faced a commuting time in excess of 30 minutes.

DISABILITY AND CARERS

19,168 persons had a disablity in April 2011, of whom 7,392, representing 38.6 per cent of the total, were aged 65 years and over.

6,878 persons (2,725 males and 4,153 females) provided regular unpaid personal help for a friend or family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability. 21.6 per cent of these provided care for more than 6 hours per day.

HOUSING, INTERNET AND CARS

95.3 per cent of households lived in houses or bungalows while a further 4.3 per cent lived in apartments, flats or bedsits. 39,129 dwellings (73.7 per cent) were owner occupied while 13,143 dwellings (24.8 per cent) were rented. 26.2 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 2.6 compared with 2.7 nationally.

54.6 per cent of households had broadband connectivity compared with 63.8 per cent nationally. 43.4 per cent of households had two or more cars.

GENERAL HEALTH

In this area 127,948 persons stated they were in very good or good health, representing 87.9 per cent of total persons. This compares to 88.3 per cent of total persons nationally. 2,053 persons stated they were in bad or very bad health, representing 1.4 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 3,572
Building and construction 1,083
Manufacturing 3,959
Commerce and trade 10,463
Transport and communications 1,554
Public administration 2,402
Professional services 10,479
Other 7,379
Total 40,891

PERMANENT HOUSING STOCK
Dwelling Type This Area State
Occupied or Usually Occupied 55,0281,705,394
Of which
House or Bungalow 92.0% 84.7%
Flat, Apartment, Bedsit 4.3% 11.0%
Not Stated 3.7% 4.3%
Vacant 19,719289,451
Of which
Holiday Home 41.6% 20.5%
Other 58.4% 79.5%

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