Sallins is cleverest town in Kildare

Highest number of degrees

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress


Sallins is cleverest town in Kildare

File photo: Sallins train station

The town of Sallins near Naas has the highest proportion of people with either an ordinary or honours degree in the county, according to Leader analysis of the latest report from the 2016 Census.

The report indicates that the county is divided by education attainment on a number of measures.

The Census 2016 report, Profile 10 - Education and Skills and the Irish Language, shows that there are quite large divisions in the percentage of those with degrees.

The Leader looked at a particular table, which gives the numbers of those in terms of the highest level of education completed, when the Census was taken in April 2016.

While Sallins tops the list with 20.5% having either an ordinary or honours degree, the proportion of the population aged 15 or over with such qualifications in Monasterevin is 9.4% and 8% in Derrinturn.

Monasterevin, had the highest percentage of those with no formal qualification (2.94%) followed by Derrinturn (2.91%) and Athy (1.92%).

When it came to those with degrees, the university town of Maynooth recorded 19.8%, Naas 19.9% and Celbridge 19.7%. Leixlip was on 19.1%, followed by Kildare town (18.3%) and Clane (18.2%).

In Sallins, a total of 4,132 people, aged 15 or over, were listed considered.

Just under 500 (12%) had an honours bachelor degree or a professional qualification or both and 8% had an ordinary bachelor degree or professional qualification or both.

Another 10.5% (433) had a postgraduate diploma or degree.