Census figures show how Longford's population is getting older

Liam Cosgrove


Liam Cosgrove



Longford's age demographic is on the rise

The average age of Longford residents now stands at over 37 years

Longford's population is getting older, according to newly released Census figures.

The average age of the county's population in April 2016 stood at 37.4 years, 12 months older than what it was five years previously.

That figure is one which corresponds to the national average with rural areas enjoying slightly higher age demographics in comparison to urban centres.

There were declines in Longford's pre-school and young adult age groups with all other age bands recording increases.

Perhaps the most eye catching statistic came in Longford's age dependency grouping.

Ordinarily counted as the number of people under 14 added to the number of people over 65 years, the figures showed Longford's dependency rate last year stood at 60 per cent.

That contrasted sharply with the 52.7 per cent national average.

For more on this story, see next week's Longford Leader.