Sallins is Kildare’s youngest town

SALLINS is officially the youngest of Kildare’s major towns, an analysis of Census figures has shown.

SALLINS is officially the youngest of Kildare’s major towns, an analysis of Census figures has shown.

Latest figures from the 2011 Census for town with populations of 1,500 or over show that Sallins has the fourth youngest population of any town in the Republic of Ireland, with an average age of 27.83 years.

The town, which has a population of 5,283, is almost seven years “younger” than the oldest of the large towns, Leixlip, which has an average age of 34.39 years.

The county has sixteen towns with over 1,500 people living in them.

Kilcock, with a 5,533 population is the second youngest, its average age being 29.10, making it the 13th youngest town in the country. Next in the the youth league is Derrinturn, its 1,541 citizens being an average age of 30.09.

It is followed closely by Maynooth (30.83) and Clane (30.93).

Others were Kildare (31.02), Kilcullen (31.04), Celbridge (31.37), Rathangan (31.68), Prosperous (31.69), Newbridge (32.36), Athy (32.99), Monasterevin (33.22), Kill (33.53), Naas (33.8) and Leixlip (34.39).

The youngest of the 1,500 plus towns is Stamullen in Meath (27.05) while the oldest is Castlerea (42.33).

The average age of the State is 35.4 years while nearby towns are as follows: Rathcoole (36.01), Edenderry (32.22), Carlow (32.93), Dunboyne (30.69), Blessington (30.22), Saggart (30.03) and Enfield, which is the third youngest town in the State, 27.7.

Henry Bauress - henry.bauress@leinsterleader.ie