Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Northern Ireland census - latest findings published

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency has released the latest results from the 2011 Census.

The figures provide estimates of the usually resident population of Northern Ireland on Census Day broken down by age and sex, along with information on the number of households.

The information is presented for a number of geographical levels based on Northern Ireland’s 26 Local Government Districts (LGDs).



Key Points:

  • The Census Day population of Northern Ireland’s Local Government Districts (LGDs) range from 17,100 in Moyle (0.9 per cent of the Northern Ireland population of 1,810,900) to 281,000 in Belfast (15.5 per cent of the Northern Ireland population).
  • The Northern Ireland population has increased by 7 per cent since the 2001 Census. Each of the 26 LGDs in Northern Ireland has experienced population growth in the last decade, ranging from 1 per cent in Belfast and Castlereagh to 21 per cent in Dungannon.
  • The number of children (people aged 0-15 years) in Northern Ireland has fallen by 18,700 (5 per cent), from 398,100 in 2001 to 379,300 in 2011. This decrease in the number of children can be seen in 19 of the 26 LGDs, with a reduction of over 10 per cent in Belfast, Castlereagh, Derry, Limavady and Strabane. Of the 7 LGDs with more children in 2011, the greatest increases were in Banbridge (11 per cent) and Dungannon (9 per cent).
  • Even in LGDs where the number of children increased since 2001, the growth in the number of children was proportionately below the growth in the overall population. Consequently, the share of the population accounted for by children fell in every LGD.
  • By way of contrast the number of children in Northern Ireland aged 0-3 years has increased by 10 per cent, from 90,900 in 2001 to 100,300 in 2011. The increase in the number of children aged 0-3 years is reflected in 19 out of the 26 LGDs, most notably in Banbridge, Dungannon and Craigavon (all with increases of 25 per cent or more). Conversely, the remaining 7 LGDs have seen reductions in the numbers of children aged 0-3 years since 2001, most noticeably in Strabane and Coleraine (a reduction of 9 per cent and 7 per cent respectively).
  • The number of younger working age adults (people aged 16-39 years) in Northern Ireland has increased by 2 per cent since the 2001 Census. The greatest proportionate growth in the number of younger working age adults was observed in the three adjacent LGDs of Cookstown (an increase of 14 per cent), Craigavon
  • (an increase of 14 per cent) and Dungannon (an increase of 24 per cent). Conversely a number of LGDs, mainly around greater Belfast (excepting Belfast LGD itself) and Derry, experienced a decline in the number of younger working age adults, particularly in Carrickfergus (reduction of 10 per cent).
  • The number of older working age adults (people aged 40-64 years) has increased since the 2001 Census in every LGD, ranging from 10 per cent in North Down to 31 per cent in Banbridge.
  • The number of people aged 65-84 has increased since the 2001 Census in every LGD except Belfast (reduction of 6 per cent) with the greatest growth being in Antrim (38 per cent).
  • The number of people aged 85 years and over (85+) has increased since the 2001 Census in every LGD, with the increases ranging from 17 per cent in Belfast to 57 per cent in Ballymoney. The number of people aged 85+ has increased by 50 per cent or more in 7 LGDs (Armagh, Ballymoney, Castlereagh, Cookstown, Dungannon, Limavady and Magherafelt).
  • North Down has the oldest age profile in that, of all the LGDs, it has the lowest proportion of children (18 per cent) and the highest proportion of people aged 65 and over (18 per cent). Conversely, Newry & Mourne has the youngest age profile in that, of all the LGDs, it has the highest proportion of children (24 per cent) and one of the lowest proportions of people aged 65 and over (12 per cent).
  • In North Down the number of people aged 65 and over is similar to the number of children (both 14,500), whereas in Newry & Mourne people aged 65 and over (12,300) are out-numbered almost 2 to 1 by children (23,500).
  • The number of households has increased since 2001 in every LGD, with the proportionate increases ranging from 3 per cent in Castlereagh to 25 per cent in Dungannon.
  • Every LGD has exhibited a trend towards smaller households since 2001, with all LGDs having more one or two person households than in 2001 and most having fewer households containing 5 people or more.
  • The number of one person households has increased since 2001 in every LGD, with the largest increases - of 30 per cent or more - in Derry, Limavady and Strabane.
  • The number of two-people households has also increased since 2001 in every LGD, with the largest increases in Newry & Mourne (37 per cent) and Dungannon (32 per cent).
  • The overall number of households containing 5 people or more has reduced since
  • 2001 in 19 of the 26 LGDs, to the greatest extent in Derry and Belfast (21 per cent and 23 per cent respectively). The number of households containing 5 people ormore has increased in the remaining 7 LGDs, most noticeably in Ballymoney,
  • Dungannon and Magherafelt (increases of 7 per cent or more).
  • The average household size in 2011 ranged from 2.29 people in Belfast to 2.98 people in Magherafelt.


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