Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at the Census 2016 launch. Photo: Conor McCabe
The latest results from Census 2016 shows that housing stock in Longford fell to 18,591.
The results also show that a total of 2,003,645 houses and apartments in the State were enumerated in the 2016 Census.
Of these, 1,697,665 were occupied by persons usually resident in the State.
There were 183,312 vacant houses and apartments, while the census also counted 62,148 vacant holiday homes.
Meanwhile, Longford’s housing stock fell to 18,591 from 18,823 in April 2011 - a decrease of 1.2%.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician said that this latest report provided a clear picture of some of the main developments in the Irish housing landscape over the past five years.
“this ,” she added, “Includes new analysis of vacant properties, such as type of dwelling and distance to the nearest town”.
According to the data released, Longford had 15,092 permanent occupied dwellings in April 2016, compared with 14,410 in April 2011.
The rate of increase was 4.7%, which was considerably slower than the 2006-2011 rate of 19.7%.
There are also fewer vacant dwellings in the county.
The number of vacant dwellings in Longford has fallen to 3,102 - down from 4,075 in 2011. This included 278 holiday homes.
The vacancy rate has dropped from 21.6% to 16.7% and nationally, there was a 15% drop in the number of all vacant dwellings, including holiday homes, from 289,451 in 2011 to 245,460 in
It also emerged that there are more people renting In Longford than ever before.
5,076 households were in rental accommodation in 2016, compared with 4,692 in 2011.
The average rent paid to private landlords was €101.05, a slight decrease on the 2011 figure which was €101.84.
For the country overall, 22,323 more households were renting accommodation and there are fewer younger home owners.
In Longford, home ownership overtakes renting at the age of 37.
Nationally, by the age of 35, more people own their own home than rent, compared with age 32 in 2011.
The home-ownership rate for Longford was 63.7%, compared with 66% in 2011.
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