Last summer while Liz and I were over in Dublin, the 2011 census had just been completed several weeks prior. Today the first set of data has been released, and thought I’d list a few things that seemed worth noting:
The population of Ireland has increased by 348,404 people to 4,588,252. (The largest the population has been in a century and a half!)
The census found that over 50% of the inhabitants of Ireland live within the province of Leinster (the province Dublin is in).
Divorce has increased by 150% since the last census in 2006.
The number of people who list themselves as non-religious jumped 45% to almost 270,000 (up from 186,300). The increases is largest in the Dublin area.
While the number of people who claimed to be Roman Catholic grew by 4.9%, as a percentage of the overall population, they fell from 86% to 84%.
Of those between the age of 25-29, 13% claim no religion.
Those were some of the things that jumped out at us & seemed worth some prayer. Love to hear if any of the info caught your attention.