The Central Statistics Office today released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that the number of households occupied by residents in Donegal increasing by 15.5% from 49,993 in 2006 to 57,721 in 2011.
Today’s publication, “Profile 4 The Roof over our Heads – Housing in Ireland”, examines the characteristics of over 1.6 million permanent occupied dwellings in Ireland on April 10th 2011, along with 289,451 dwellings which were identified as being vacant at the time of the census.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO: “This report provides an in-depth picture of housing in Ireland at the time of the last census. It presents detailed results on housing characteristics such as heating, sewerage and water along with an analysis of renting in Ireland, the housing situation among non-Irish nationals and a study of vacant dwellings across the country.”
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, allowing 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. Small area census data is now also available on the new census mapping application on the CSO web site.
Some results for County Donegal:
Home ownership and rented accommodation
The home ownership rate in the county in 2011 was 74.7% with a total of
13,989 households (24.2%) living in rented accommodation.
Households with a mortgage
The number of dwellings that were owned through an existing mortgage or loan stood at 18,418, compared to 17,176 in 2006. In total 2,426 households were headed by a person who was either unemployed or looking for work, representing 13.2% of all homes with a loan or mortgage in the county.
Strong growth in apartments
The increase in apartments as an accommodation type continued in 2011 with 1,960 occupied apartments in Donegal in 2011, accounting for 3.4% of all occupied households in the county.
Fuel used for central heating
Oil was the most popular type of central heating fuel used in the county, heating 69.1% of all homes.
Sewerage and Water Supply Systems
A total of 23,115 homes in County Donegal were connected to public sewerage schemes in 2011, representing 40% of all households. 30,383 (52.6%) of households used an individual septic tank.
The public mains supplied the drinking water for 77.2% of all households in County Donegal. A further 10.9% were connected to a local authority group water scheme and 9.3% were connected to a private source (group and other).
Local Authority Rents
The average local authority rent in County Donegal increased from €41.34 in
2006 to €48.69 in 2011.
In relation to rents paid for private accommodation, households in County Donegal paid an average of €102.97 per week in 2011, compared to €107.69 in 2006.
The number of vacant dwellings in the county totalled 23,996 in April 2011, giving a vacancy rate of 28.6%. Of these 11,048 were vacant houses, 2,312 were vacant apartments and 10,636 were holiday homes.
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