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Press Statement

Census of Population 2022 Results - Profile 3 Households, Families and Childcare Offaly

CSO press statement, , 11am

There were 9,503 adults (15%) living with their parents in Offaly

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (31 August 2023) released Census 2022 Profile 3 – Households, Families and Childcare. Profile 3 looks at the family situations and living arrangements of the population and the different types and sizes of family composition and household. Childcare arrangements (which was a new question on the Census 2022 form) are also detailed in this report. This press release highlights some of the main changes for Offaly. A full list of county press releases is available.

Statistician's Comment

Commenting on the results, Deirdre Lynch, Statistician in the Census Division, said:

Profile 3 shows us how our families and living arrangements are evolving and changing. It looks at changes in the numbers of families with and without children and the number of same-sex couples. The results show that the number of families has increased but the average number of children per family has fallen slightly, having remained unchanged in the previous two censuses. For the first time this profile also includes details of the numbers of children under 15 years of age in childcare as well as the types of childcare and the number of hours attended.”

Results for Offaly


There were 21,357 families in Offaly in April 2022, up from 20,794 in 2016 (+3%). The average number of children per family in the county was 1.41, which was above the national average of 1.34.

Offaly’s families included 10,003 married couples with children and 1,559 cohabiting couples with children. A further 3,008 families with children were headed by single mothers and 621 by single fathers. There were also 4,969 married couples without children and 1,197 cohabiting couples without children.

There were 93 same-sex couples in the county in April 2022 compared with 46 in 2016. Nationally, there were 10,393 same-sex couples. 

There were 4,447 families in rented accommodation in the county (21%). This was a 2% decrease on 2016.

Private households and Living Alone

The average household size in Offaly in April 2022 was 2.84 people, which was above the national average (2.74 people).

The number of people living alone in the county grew from 5,970 to 6,394, an increase of 7% since Census 2016. 

There were 12,243 people aged 65 and over living in the county in April 2022. Of these 2,965 were living alone. This was a 22% increase in those aged 65 and over living alone.

Adults Living with Their Parents

In April 2022 in Offaly, 9,503 adults, or 15% of all those aged 18 and over in the county, were still living with their parents. This was an increase of 1,446 (18%) since 2016.

Nationally, there were 522,486 adult children aged 18 years and above living with their parents (13%).

Overall, almost 25,000 adults living with their parents were unpaid carers. In Offaly, 478 (5%) were unpaid carers.

In 2022, 24 was the youngest age at which the majority of people nationally were not living with their parents. This was up from 23 in 2011. In Offaly it was 27 years.

Of all adults living with their parents nationally in 2022, 57% were male. Similarly in Offaly, 57% were male.

Just over one in six (16%) of all adults in the Edenderry Local Electoral Area were living with their parents in April 2022, the highest rate in the county.


There were 17,167 children (aged under 15) living in Offaly in April 2022. This was 560 fewer than in 2016.

Nationally, there were 1,012,287 children aged under 15 (up 5,735 since 2016).  Almost one in three – 331,783 – were in some form of childcare. In Offaly, 5,623 (33%) of those aged under 15 were in childcare.

There were 1,651 children in a crèche/Montessori/playgroup/after school service in the county (29%). Another 1,937 (34%) were being cared for by an unpaid relative or family member. There were also 1,186 children being cared for by a childminder in the minder’s home (21%).

Editor's Note

  • The census took place on Sunday, 03 April 2022. The census population figures relate to the de facto population which means everyone who was present in the State on the night of Sunday, 03 April 2022. The de facto population includes those who do not usually live in the State but were in the State on Census night. It excludes those who do usually live in the State but who were temporarily absent outside of the State on Census night.
  • Profile 3 is the third in a series of eight themed reports on Census 2022. The remaining profiles are listed below and will be published between 28 September 2023 and 19 December 2023:
    • Profile 4 - Disability, Health and Carers
    • Profile 5 - Diversity, Migration, Ethnicity, Irish Travellers, and Religion
    • Profile 6 - Homelessness
    • Profile 7 - Employment, Occupations and Commuting
    • Profile 8 - The Irish Language and Education
  • Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS), which are statistics produced for a range of geographical levels from State to small areas, will be published in September. You can view the full Census 2022 Publication Schedule at the following link: Census 2022 Publication Schedule.
  • For census purposes, a family is defined as a couple with or without children, or a one parent unit with one or more children. Family members must be usual residents of the relevant household.
  • A private household comprises either one person living alone or a group of people (not necessarily related) living at the same address with common housekeeping arrangements - that is, sharing at least one meal a day or sharing a living room or sitting room. In order to be included in the household, a person had to be a usual resident at the time of the census. Therefore, visitors to the household on Census Night were excluded, while usual residents temporarily absent (for less than 12 months) were included. A permanent private household is a private household occupying a permanent dwelling such as a house, flat or bed-sit. A temporary private household is a private household occupying a caravan, mobile home or other temporary dwelling.
  • For census purposes, an adult living with their parents is defined as a person aged 18 years or over who usually lived with their parents at the time of the census, meaning they were either a son or a daughter of the head of the household. This relationship was captured on Question 4 on the census form and was recorded only for private dwellings.
  • Census 2022 included a new question on the type of childcare used by children under 15 years of age and their weekly hours of attendance there.
  • A briefing on Profile 3 - Households, Families and Childcare is available which includes a full presentation and a number of short audio files in English and Irish on the key results.
  • Census 2022 FAQ is available.
  • An infographic has been published for Census 2022 Profile 3 Households, Families and Childcare. Contact if you require the infographic in a particular format.
  • Definitions – Please see Background Notes.


Kathleen Goulding (+353) 1 895 1413
Tony Downes (+353) 1 895 1319

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