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One in ten now living alone in Donegal


ONE in ten people live alone in Donegal according to the latest round of census 2016 figures which were released yesterday, Thursday.
The Households and Families report shows that the number of people living alone in the county increased by 714 to 15,604. Over forty per cent (6,576) of those living alone were aged 65 and over, with women accounting for 58.3% of these.
The latest of the eleven Census 2016 profile reports shows that there were 41,134 families in Donegal on Census night, a slight fall of 220 on the 2011 figure.
In April 2016, 37.4% of those aged 15 and over living in the county were single (46,440 people) compared to 41.1% for the State overall. A further 61,272 persons (49.4%) were (first-time) married, as against 46.0% at national level.
There were 1,866 remarried persons in the county. Males were much more likely to remarry after divorce, with 42.2% doing so, compared to just 30.2% of females.
The number of divorcees increased by 413 to 3,362, and accounted for 2.7% of those aged 15 and over. The 7,172 widowed persons comprised 5.8% of those aged above 15 years.

Civil partnerships

Census 2016 marked the first time that Same-sex civil partnerships were recorded in an Irish census, following the enactment of civil partnership legislation. There were 59 people in this category in County Donegal, and 4,226 in the State overall.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician said the profile report on Households and Families examines the family situations and living arrangements of the Irish population in April 2016.
“It provides a wealth of information and analysis on topics such as marital status, same sex civil partnerships and the different types and sizes of family composition and households,” Ms Cullen said.

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