Youth dominant in ageing Kildare

KILDARE is the second youngest local authority area in the State, an analysis of the 2011 Census has shown.

KILDARE is the second youngest local authority area in the State, an analysis of the 2011 Census has shown.

The average age of over 210,000 people in the county last April was 32.97 years, very slightly older that Fingal, which was 32.37.

The figure comes from a weighted average of each five year age category and confirms the relative youth of the country is maintained since 2006.

Meath, South Dublin, Laois, Galway city and Louth followed Kildare with the Leinster average at 34.69. Offaly is 35.23 and the State as a whole is 35.61.

Kildare has the second largest proportion of those in the 0-19 year group. It represents 30.8% of the population, slightly less that table topper, Meath (31.2%).

In the State as a whole, 0-19 group represent 27%.

At the other end of the scale, the proportion of over 65s, at 8%, is the second lowest in the State, after Fingal, where just 7% have reached pension age.

But that does not mean Kildare does not have to plan for its aged population. Because it has one of the largest populations in the State, the 8% represents 16,656 and Fingal’s 7% represents just under 20,000 people.

There were 29,290 people registered in the 20-29 age group here and they represented 14% of the population, the same as the proportion for the State. Meath has just under 30,000 in this age group and Wicklow 16,915.

This age group appears found of cities. Galway city (23%), Dublin city (21%), Cork City (20%) and Limerick city (18%) have the highest proportion of 20-29 year olds.

The 30-44 age group, which most likely contains most of married people with children and mortgages, comprises 25.8% of the population and numbers 54,212.

Only Fingal and Meath have a higher proportion of population in this group in the State (23.7%).

- Henry Bauress