The Central Statistics Office has revealed in the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, that the number of households occupied by residents in the county increased by 16% from 10,541 in 2006 to 12,228 in 2011.
73.7% households own their home in Leitrim, which is much higher than the state average of just 69.7%, the Leitrim figure is also well above the average in the province with 72.%5 of homes owned by their occupiers in Connacht.
Just 3,036 households in the county are (24.8%) living in rented accommodation.
The number of dwellings that were owned through an existing mortgage or loan stood at 3,729 up marginally from 3,271 in 2006.
In worrying news, 383 households in Leitrim were headed by a person who was either unemployed or looking for work, representing 10.3% of all homes with a loan or mortgage in Co Leitrim. This compares quite high compared to the state average of 8.7%.
The increase in apartments as an accommodation type continued in 2011 with 419 occupied apartments in Leitrim in 2011, accounting for 3.4% of all occupied households in the county.
Heating wise, oil was the most popular type of central heating fuel used in Leitrim, heating 66.9% of all homes.
Leitrim also has a higher than average percentage of homes with single septic tanks. A total of 4,815 homes around the county were connected to public sewerage schemes in 2011, while 6,089 one off rural homes used an individual septic tank. A septic tank charge is expected to be implemented next year. The public mains supplied the drinking water for 52.4% of all households in County Leitrim. A further 30.1% were connected to a local authority group water scheme and 14.7% were connected to a private source (group and other).
The average local authority rent in Leitrim increased from €36.95 in 2006 to €46.73 in 2011. In relation to rents paid for private accommodation, households in Leitrim paid an average of €94.32 per week in 2011, compared to €108.75 in 2006.
The number of vacant dwellings in the county totalled 5,526 in April 2011, giving a vacancy rate of 30.5%. Of these 3,463 were vacant houses, 573 were vacant apartments and 1,490 were holiday homes.
‘The Roof over our Heads – Housing in Ireland’ publication examined 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.