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AREA PROFILE FOR TOWN

BALBRIGGAN LEGAL TOWN AND ITS ENVIRONS CO. FINGAL


AGE/SEX

In April 2011 Balbriggan had a population of 19,960, consisting of 9,720 males and 10,240 females.

The population of pre-school age (0-4) was 2,463, of primary school going age (5-12) was 3,111 and of secondary school going age (13-18) was 1,218. There were 920 persons aged 65 years and over. The number of persons aged 18 years or over was 13,359.

MARITAL STATUS

Of the 13,925 persons aged 15 years and over, 5,770 were single, 6,697 were married, 637 were separated, 410 were divorced and 411 were widowed.

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

There were 7,115 private households in Balbriggan in April 2011, of which 1,471  were single person households. Of the 5,422 families in the area, 1,304 were couples with no children. The average number of children per family was 1.5 compared with 1.4 nationally.

HOUSEHOLDS BY COMPOSITION

Balbriggan
State
No. of households % breakdown % breakdown
One Person 1,471 20.7 23.7
Couple without children 1,192 16.8 18.9
Couple with children 2,650 37.2 34.9
Lone parent family 1,140 16.0 10.9
Other 662 9.3 11.6
Total 7,115 100.0 100.0

MIGRATION AND NATIONALITIES

92.1 per cent of the usually resident population aged over 1 lived at the same address one year before the census. A further 5.9 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 21.2 per cent of the population of Balbriggan compared with a national average figure of 12.0 per cent. Polish (894 persons) were the largest group, followed by Nigerians (758 persons).

LANGUAGES

6,388 persons could speak the Irish language and of these 2,818 spoke the language daily. 4,769 persons spoke a language other than Irish or English at home and of these 736 could not speak English well or at all. Polish was the most common foreign language spoken at home with 902 speakers.

RELIGION

There were 14,855 Roman Catholics in the area at census time. A further 3,602 were adherents of other stated religions (e.g. Church of Ireland, Islam, Presbyterian, Orthodox), while 1,192 persons indicated that they had no religion.


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THIS AREA: BALBRIGGAN LEGAL TOWN AND ITS ENVIRONS

LABOUR FORCE

There were 9,780 persons aged 15 years and over in the labour force and of these, 77.2 per cent  (7,547 persons) were at work. The unemployment rate for this area was 22.8 per cent compared with a national average rate of 19.0 per cent.

Of the 4,145 persons aged 15 years and over who were outside the labour force, 31.0 per cent were students, 32.6 per cent were looking after the home/family and 22.0 per cent were retired.

Of the 7,547 workers enumerated in Balbriggan, 5,132 worked outside the area. The daytime working population (resident and non-resident) of Balbriggan was 3,077 with commerce and trade being the largest industry.

EDUCATION

Of those aged 15 years and over whose full-time education had ceased, 11.8 per cent were educated to at most primary level only; a further 60.8 per cent attained second level while 27.4 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 58.4 per cent of all journeys. 1,472 persons commuted using public transport (bus or rail). The average journey time was 38 minutes and 47.6 per cent of workers faced a commuting time in excess of 30 minutes.

DISABILITY AND CARERS

2,238 persons had a disablity in April 2011, of whom 357, representing 16.0 per cent of the total, were aged 65 years and over.

618 persons (234 males and 384 females) provided regular unpaid personal help for a friend or family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability. 20.6 per cent of these provided care for more than 6 hours per day.

HOUSING, INTERNET AND CARS

81.6 per cent of households lived in houses or bungalows while a further 18.4 per cent lived in apartments, flats or bedsits. 4,433 dwellings (62.3 per cent) were owner occupied while 2,588 dwellings (36.4 per cent) were rented. 52.7 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.

72.0 per cent of households had broadband connectivity compared with 63.8 per cent nationally. 30.1 per cent of households had two or more cars.

GENERAL HEALTH

In this area 17,914 persons stated they were in very good or good health, representing 89.7 per cent of total persons. This compares to 88.3 per cent of total persons nationally. 272 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 10
Building and construction 79
Manufacturing 458
Commerce and trade 927
Transport and communications 176
Public administration 269
Professional services 794
Other 364
Total 3,077

PERMANENT HOUSING STOCK
Dwelling Type This Area State
Occupied or Usually Occupied 7,2801,705,394
Of which
House or Bungalow 77.8% 84.7%
Flat, Apartment, Bedsit 17.6% 11.0%
Not Stated 4.6% 4.3%
Vacant 644289,451
Of which
Holiday Home 0.8% 20.5%
Other 99.2% 79.5%

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