Two-thirds in Donegal rely on
people of working age
THE average age of the
Donegal population is currently 38.5 years, almost
two years older than in 2011 and a year older than
the national average, Census data shows.
Those living in urban areas are on average 2.4 years
younger than those in rural areas.
Nationally, the average age increased by 1.3 years
to 37.4 years, while the average age in rural areas
was 2.4 years higher than that of urban areas.
Population Average Age & Dependency
And Donegal is also a
county that is heavily reliant on its working
Age dependency is a measure of the extent to which
the young, aged up to 14 years, and people aged 65
and older, are dependent on the population of people
of working age, defined as those aged 15 to 64
In Donegal, almost two-thirds of the population rely
on the one-third who are of working age.
The dependency rate in Donegal is 60.5%, that is,
the number of young and older people together are
equal to 60.5% of the total number of working age
This is significantly higher than the national rate
of 52.7%. The Donegal summary was among the headline
results from Census 2016 released by the Central
Statistics Office today.
Population by age group.
The figures show that
in Donegal, the numbers in the pre-school, young
adults and adults age groups all fell between 2011
and 2016, while nationally only the pre-school and
young adults age groups showed a decline. The
numbers in the pre-school age group fell by 15.3%,
compared to a national decline of 7.0%, while the
numbers of young adults fell by 16.2% in Donegal as
against a fall of 6.5% nationally.
The national census was carried out on April 24,
2016 and shows that Ireland's population now stands
at 4,761,865 people.