87% of population in good or very good health, Census shows

87% of population in good or very good health, Census shows
Graph: CSO

The Central Statistics Office has released a new profile on the results of Census 2016, writes Cillian Sherlock.

The report shows that 87.0% of the population considered themselves to be in “very good” (59.4%) or “good” (27.6%) health.

643,131 people, 13.5% of the population, indicated that they had a disability while the number of carers (people providing regular unpaid help for a friend/family member) increased by 8,151 (4.4%) to 195,263.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown consider themselves in the best health in the country as 89.9% put their health at very good/good, while Dublin City came at the lowest percentage of 82.8%.

Almost one in ten people below 45 have a disability and this figures rises by 20% by age 60.

The numbers reporting disabilities rose in all categories, while the largest increase was among those with a psychological or emotional condition which rose by 27,511to 123,515 in 2016, an increase of 28.7%.

Those with a vision impairment increased by 6% to 54,810.

The report also shows that 60.5% of the 195,263 carers in Ireland are women.

More than half of all carers are aged between 40-59.

Irish carers provide more than 6.6 million care hours every week, which equates to 38.7 hours per carers.

83,754 carers provided up to two hours of unpaid care a day, while almost 17,000 carers provided 24/7 unpaid care - 43% of total care hours provided.

The report also showed that educational attainment was much lower for people with disabilities.

Amongst those aged 15 to 50 (inclusive), 13.7% had completed no higher than primary level education, compared with 4.2% of the general population.

37.0% had completed third level education compared with 53.4% of all those aged 15-50.

There were 176,445 persons with a disability in the labour force, giving a labour force participation rate of 30.2% compared with 61.4% for the population overall.

The unemployment rate amongst persons with a disability was 26.3%, more than double the 12.9% rate for the population as a whole.

Members of the public can use the below tool from AIRO and Maynooth University to visualise local census data.


More in this Section

Around 98% of Covid-19 tests showing negative, says HSEAround 98% of Covid-19 tests showing negative, says HSE

Four deaths and 57 new cases associated with Covid-19 confirmedFour deaths and 57 new cases associated with Covid-19 confirmed

North reports one new Covid-19 death and 25 extra casesNorth reports one new Covid-19 death and 25 extra cases

Testing times: The science of fighting Covid-19Testing times: The science of fighting Covid-19


Lifestyle

Esther N McCarthy finds funky fabric and Bantry baskets as well as exploring virtual galleries. Wish List: In pursuit of funky fabric and Bantry baskets

Pubs have been closed across this island for over two months. Can you imagine if they were closed for 14 years? To mark the centenary of the introduction of Prohibition in the US, Robert O'Shea selects examples of its cultural legacyWhat did Prohibition ever do for us?

Des O'Driscoll looks at some of the top picks on the TV today.TV highlights: A new 'make-under' dating show and Kevin McGahern paints celeb protraits

More From The Irish Examiner