Are you feeling just that little bit older today? Maybe you should be — a statistical yearbook shows the estimated average age of the population was 37 in April 2015 — 1.4 years older than the average in 2009.
It is just one of a sweep of figures contained in the annual release by the CSO, indicating that we are better educated than before, that more and more of us tend to live in and around Dublin, and that we are still calling our children Jack and Emily.
As a snapshot of a nation, it is not quite up to date — some of the information is based on the 2011 census — but in many ways it tells us quite a bit about this great little country of ours.
For example, we can say that the population is increasing across most age groups, with the main exception being those aged between 20 and 34, linked to a decline in births in the late 1980s and early 1990s, alongside the impact of emigration.
We are living longer, with a 21.5% increase since 2009 in the estimated population aged over 65.
This past April there were 56,300 more females than males in the State.
Women also outperform men when it comes to educational achievement. There were 544,696 children in primary level — the highest figure since 1990/91.
At second level there were 372,296 students at the last count, which, like the 173,649 in third level, is the highest ever.
There were 67,462 births registered last year, 1,468 fewer than in 2013 and there were 24,490 births registered as outside marriage, accounting for more than two-thirds of all births. Almost 64% of of the 67,462 births registered last year were to women aged between 30 and 39.
However, there has also been an increase in the still small number of births to women aged 45 and over, and in one peculiarity, in 2013 there was one birth by a mother aged 15 or under who was already married.
Then again, teenage births have fallen to their lowest level since 2009.
As for wedding bells, there were 22,045 marriages in 2014, the highest number since 2008, but those walking down the aisle are, on average, older than before.
Last year the average age of grooms and brides was 35 years and 33 years respectively, the highest recorded to date.
There were also 392 civil partnership ceremonies in 2014 — 242 male unions and 150 female unions — and more than three quarters of those took place in Leinster. There were no civil partnerships in either Donegal or Monaghan last year. There were 15 partnerships whose future address was listed as being outside the State.
Later on the life scale, there were 29,095 deaths last year, with cancers and diseases of the circulatory system accounting for just over 61% of them.
As for money matters, weekly equivalised disposable income per person was €404.49 in 2013, a slight increase on the previous year but down 13.4% from a peak of €467.24 in 2008.
Finally, Jack and Emily were the most popular babies’ names in 2014 — Jack was the most popular for the eighth year in a row, and Emily first choice for the fourth successive year. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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