Half of Leitrim’s population are married

If you are looking for a partner locally, it would be wise to note that half the population of Leitrim are already married.

If you are looking for a partner locally, it would be wise to note that half the population of Leitrim are already married.

The Central Statistics Office released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that 12,639 or 50.7% of people aged 15 and over in County Leitrim were married. The publication of Households and Families – Living Arrangements in Ireland”, examines the living arrangements of the nation last year.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO said, “It presents new analysis on divorce and re-marriage, an examination of the family cycle of married versus co-habiting couples, as well as new information on the living arrangements of lone parents, divorced people and one person households”.

According to the figures, there were 8,180 families in County Leitrim on Census Night.

The share of the population aged 15 and over who were single was 36.9% (9,194 people) compared to 41.7% for the State as a whole. The married population at 12,639 accounted for 50.7% of people in the county. The rate of married people is much higher in Leitrim than the national figure.

The proportion of the population aged 15 years and over who were divorced was 2.4% (605 people) in 2011 on par with the national figures of 2.4%, while 1,720 people (6.9%) were widowed in the county - a high statistic when compared to other counties.

Although divorce rates are in line with national figures, the rate of re-marriage in the county is high.

Census 2011 showed that a total of 416 people in the county were re-married following dissolution of their marriage. Overall men were much more likely to be re-married with 43.4% of divorced men re-married compared with only 38.1% of women doing the same.

There were 3,755 people living alone, representing 11.9% of all people living in private households in the county at the time of the census. Of these 11,475 were aged 65 and over, the majority were Farmer Tom Charlie Clarke from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim pictured at Saturday’s demonstration in Carrick on Shannon women who accounted for 53.2% of those living alone in the county in this age group.

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.