This morning saw the release of more detailed information from the 2011 Census. It is essentially a breakdown of the previous release broken down by Local Government District (LGD).
Some very interesting figures in here and I’m rattling through the spreadsheets at the moment but below is a summary of the key points from the NISRA website:
• 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
• 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 2
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 3
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
• 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
• 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 or 4
more 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.