Figures show 20 percent increase in occupied households across county

Newly released figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of occcupied households in Longford increasing by 19.7 percent from 12,042 in 2006 to 14,410 in 2011.

Newly released figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of occcupied households in Longford increasing by 19.7 percent from 12,042 in 2006 to 14,410 in 2011.

The publication, “Profile 4 The Roof over our Heads - Housing in Ireland”, working off the back of the findings collected in last year’s census, examines the characteristics of over 1.6 million permanent occupied dwellings as welll as the 289,451 dwellings identified as vacant at the time of the census in April 2011.

The figures detail that the home ownership rate in county Longford was 66 percent in 2011, with a total of 4,692 or 32.6 percent living in rented accomodation.

The proportion of vacant dwellings in the county lies at 21.6 percent, amounting to an overall total of 4,075 in April 2011. Of the 4,075, 3,202 were vacant houses, 556 were vacant apartments and 317 were holiday homes.

In total, 468 households were headed by a person who was either unemployed or looking for work, representing 11.1% of all homes with a loan or mortgage in the county. The number of dwellings that were owned through an existing mortgage or loan stood at 4,209, compared with 4,000 in 2006.

In the past five years, local authority rents have gone up from an average per week of €52.19 in 2006 to €57.29 in 2011, while rents for private accomodation have gone down from a weekly average of €118.19 in 2006 to €98.53 in 2011.

In all, 6,304 homes were connected to public sewerage schemes representing 43.7 percent of all households, while a slightly higher number of 6,538 or 45.4 percent of households used an individual septic tank.

The public mains supplied the drinking water for 70.9 percent of all households in the county while another 13.1 percent were connected to a local authority group water scheme. 12.8 percent were connected to a private source. Oil proved the most popular form of central heatinf fuel in Longford, heating 58.3 percent of all homes.

The increase in apartments as a form of accomodation continued to rise with a total of 529 occupied apartments in Longford at the time of the census, accounting for 3.7 percent of all occupied households in the county.

This paper is the latest in a series to be published throughout 2012 analysing the 2011 census and focusing on each of the themes in detail. The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie\census.