People living in rural parts of County Limerick are, on average, more than four years older than those living in larger county towns.
New figures compiled from last year’s Census show the average age of people living in County Limerick has risen by almost nine months to 36.2 compared to 2006.
The figures show the average age of people living in the city is almost a year older at 37.1, which represents an increase of 18 months compared to the previous census.
Nationally, the average age of the population is 36.1 and 36.9 in Munster.
The CSO figures show that people living in rural parts of County Limerick are, on average, 37.7 years of age while people living in urban areas of the county are 33.3 years old.
A breakdown of individual age groups shows the number of children in Limerick aged four and under has risen by 15.5% to 14,194 while the number of children aged between five and 12 has increased by 5.1% to 19,851.
The number of teenagers aged between 13 and 18 fell 4% to 14,803 despite a slight increase nationally.
There was also a reduction in the number of young adults aged between 19 and 24.
Compared to 2006, the number fell by 16.3% to 17,268.
This figure can be attributed to the unemployment crisis and the fact that young people are being forced to emigrate in large numbers to find employment.
The latest Census figures also show that more than half of the population of Limerick (102,380) is aged between 25 and 64, which represents an increase of 6%.
The number of people aged 65 or over (23,313) accounts for more than 12% of the population of Limerick which stands at 191,809.
A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated June 2, 2012