NEW census figures released by the Central Statistics Office have shed light on population density and migration across Limerick.
The CSO released further information from the 2011 census, undertaken just over a year ago on April 10, this week, setting out details of the population by geographic area.
The figures indicate that Annacotty is the fastest growing town in County Limerick; that Newcastle West is the largest town in the county; and that a majority of usual Limerick residents who moved did so to elsewhere within the county.
The publications – called ‘Profile 1 Town and Country – Population Distribution and Movements’ and ‘Population by Area’ - are the second batch of specific analytical information from the survey released by the CSO.
The research indicates that the population of Limerick is fairly evenly split between urban and rural areas with 53.9% of people living in Limerick city and other urban areas of the county.
The fastest growing town in percentage terms was Annacotty, which experienced 55.3% population growth between 2006 and 2011, the last time the census was held in Ireland.
Newcastle West is the largest town in the county with 6,327 persons.
Just over 11,900 usual Limerick residents moved in the year to April 2011, with most of these - some 8,050 - moving to elsewhere within the county.
489 of the 4,248 Limerick households who moved in the year preceding the census bought their new home with a mortgage or loan, while 3,453 rented their accommodation.
Last month figures indicated that divorce rates in both city and county Limerick had risen by more than 30%.
Figures revealed that Limerick city has shown the highest increase in the rate of marital breakdown in the country.
The rate of increase since the last survey was carried out shows the city’s marital breakdown rate rose by 13.5% - the highest rate of increase in the country. The national rate is 9.7%.
Deirdre Cullen, senior statistician at the CSO, said the reports “aim to present a picture of Ireland as it was in April 2011, less than twelve months ago”.
“This profile report is the first of ten profile reports examining the definitive results of Census 2011 in more detail,” she explained.
“This continues our publishing approach of presenting more interpretation and analysis of the data accompanied by illustrative presentations, thematic maps and easy to read commentary,” she added.
The full reports are available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables. The data is available for download if required.