Census shows decrease in people in their
twenties living in county

There are fewer people in their twenties living in Donegal than there were six years according to the latest census figures.

There are fewer people in their twenties living in Donegal than there were six years according to the latest census figures.

The census figures show that Donegal’s population increased from 147,264 in 2006 to 161,137 in 2011.

Donegal’s population grew at a faster rate than the increase in the national population. Donegal’s population jumped by 9.4 per cent compared to an national rise of 8.2 per cent.

The figures are revealed in ‘This is Ireland,’ which is the first part of highlights from Census 2011 which was carried out on the night of April 10th last year.

Census 2011 shows the population of Ireland is now the highest is has been in 50 years after it grew by 348,404 to 4.58 million.

The percentage of people living in the county aged between 20 and 29 living in the county has dropped by one per cent despite the county’s overall population increase in the county and around 300 less people in that age bracket were living in the county on census night.

The percentage of people in the county over 65 accounts for 29.6 per cent of the population. There are 84,655 single people living in Donegal. Almost 3,000 of those are divorced and 7,198 are widowed.

The figures also show that the population in the Donegal South West constituency has grown at a faster rate than in Donegal North East.

The population of Donegal South-West is 78,313, a 10.2 per cent increase on 2006. Donegal North-East’s population has risen by 8.7 per cent to 82,824. Donegal North-East now has 27,608 people per TD while Donegal South-West has a population of 26,104 per deputy.

The figures show that there were almost 24,000 empty homes across Donegal on census night which at 29 per cent was the second-highest in the county. Donegal’s housing stock is the third highest in the country at almost 84,000 - behind only Dublin and Cork. Of the empty properties 11,048 were houses, 10,636 were holiday homes and there were 2,312 vacant flats.

The percentage of the population of Donegal who said they were non-Catholic was between 12.6 to 15 per cent.

The number of Irish speakers in Donegal rose to 7,047 from 6,956 in 2006. Census 2011 also showed there were 726 members of the Travelling community in your Donegal on the night the census was taken.