CSO reveals a high rate of marriage and re-marriage in County Louth

Nearly 50 per cent of the Louth population are married according to new statistics released by the Central Statistics Office.

Nearly 50 per cent of the Louth population are married according to new statistics released by the Central Statistics Office.

The latest publication in the series of Census 2011 results, shows that 45,198 or 48 per cent of people aged 15 and over in County Louth are married.

Just over 40 per cent of the Louth population aged 15 and over recorded themselves as single compared to 41.7 per cent for the State as a whole.

The results also reveal that 2.7 per cent (2,539 people) of the population aged 15 years and over were divorced in 2011 compared to 2.4 per cent for the State.

While 5.2 per cent (4,944 people) were widowed in the county.

The result also showed that a total of 1,107 people in the county were re-married following dissolution of their marriage.

Overall men were much more likely to be re-married with 36.1 per cent of ever-divorced men re-married compared with only 25.3 per cent of women.

There were 10,070 people living alone, representing 8.2 per cent of all people living in private households in the county at the time of the census.

Of these 8,488 were aged 65 and over, the majority women who accounted for 66.1 per cent of those living alone in the county in this age group.

The full report is 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,

This allows users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in and downloading it in an easy to use format for their own analysis.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO said

“This report provides an in-depth picture of households and living arrangements in Ireland at the time of the last census.

It presents new analysis on divorce and re-marriage, an examination of the family cycle of married versus co-habiting couples, as well as new information on the living arrangements of lone parents, divorced people and one person households”.

Ms Cullen concluded

“The living arrangements of families and households in Ireland is constantly changing and this report provides important new information on this intriguing aspect of Irish life.

Further details on these and all census results are available in the new mapping application (SAPMAP) on the CSO website.

Here, users can find detailed information for a wide range of geographic areas from county level right down to town, electoral division and 18,488 Small Areas.

This mapping application makes all the census variables available at local level right across the country and is an important step in bringing the data alive in a fresh and exciting way making it easier for all to access.”

Census 2011 was the 26th census in Ireland. The first was carried out in 1821. New EU requirements led to a census in every EU country in 2011.

Every household in the country is obliged by law to complete and return a census form.