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Demographics

Given they accounted for 78.3 per cent of the total population in 2016, the demographic profile of Roman Catholics resembles very closely that of the general population.

The average age amongst Roman Catholics was slightly older than that for the general population at 38.2 compared with 37.4. Among females the average age was 39.0 compared with 38.0 generally, while for males the average age was 37.4 compared with 36.7 for the entire male population.

In 2016, there were 978 males for every 1,000 females for the general population, while amongst Catholics it was lower at 942. 

Figure 5.1 illustrates the change in the age structure of Catholics between 2006 and 2016, to depict the change over 10 years.

 

20062016 2016 minus 2006
85+435246119217668
80-84597287395714229
75-798527910374318464
70-7410987914188032001
65-6913017718081150634
60-6416251420024537731
55-5919951222227022758
50-5421684824311726269
45-4924012325501314890
40-4426033127091210581
35-3927132928133810009
30-34289676252992-36684
25-29305857195138-110719
20-24288025189746-98279
15-19260702240514-20188
10-1424829626502316727
5-925666229188235220
0-42529842593426358

Interactive table: StatBank Link E8066

Lower percentage of Roman Catholics across all age groups in Dublin compared with rest of the country

Of the total 3,729,115 Roman Catholics enumerated on Census Night, 24.9 per cent were in Dublin. 

The percentage of the population who were Catholic was lower in Dublin across all the age groups compared to the rest of the country, as illustrated in Figure 5.2.

The largest percentage difference at an individual age group was in the 25-29 year olds. Catholics in Dublin, in this age group, accounted for 54 per cent of the population compared with 72.6 per cent for the rest of the country (a difference of 18.6% was recorded).

The age group 80-84 had the small difference with 89.6 per cent and 91.9 per cent for in Dublin and the rest of the country respectively (a difference of 2.3%).

StateDublinRest of country
0-478.229341055457568.601371742112581.87902990973
5-982.090555488369173.404184949176585.0654131505918
10-1482.955527175750375.005760221192585.5287254406391
15-1979.425789918630570.828465484837782.4472927861185
20-2469.342484176058759.077220790798374.5404700170104
25-2965.606939331282553.972877770706972.590468401967
30-3469.892119621520858.274593683664775.9030639407417
35-3972.245205060846760.437682505972977.5388002692681
40-4475.788060202540165.487476299770579.800583090379
45-4978.198460642114669.682332412725281.2746010610545
50-5481.056562255155374.595719154041583.3410052981687
55-5982.29113446031576.14129663782184.4628579444122
60-6483.835030311149877.898490902486585.8517022827977
65-6985.596678596451481.583437606643286.932298567733
70-7487.433445079865984.2894107308588.4952104594991
75-7989.846449634960688.045124899274890.5082778712015
80-8491.263250120315489.609030085112291.8785765076355
85+90.581008067500688.421974173779891.3817244668114

Interactive table: StatBank Link E8055

Divorce rate rises amongst Catholics

There were 73,208 divorced Catholics in Ireland in April 2016 of which 29,900 were males and 43,308 were females.

The divorce rate amongst Roman Catholics was 4.1 per cent in 2016 up from 3.6 percent in 2011. This was lower than the rate for the state as a whole at 4.7 percent in 2016. The divorce rate is here defined as the number of divorced people as a percentage of those who were ever married.    

Roman CatholicTotal Population
Single39.165901098161741.1380356311178
Married49.149875655196247.7230792746171
Separated3.203028767523973.14695472787488
Divorced2.513261843653752.76661359519167
Widowed5.967932635464435.22531677119857

Interactive table: StatBank Link E8067

The proportion of Roman Catholics born abroad remains steady at just over 1 in 8

The percentage of Catholics born outside the country have increased in recent years, growing from 7.2 per cent in 2002 to 12.0 per cent in 2011, remaining the same in 2016.

In County Dublin, the proportion stood at 13.4 per cent in 2016, up from 12.9 per cent in 2011 while outside Dublin, 11.5 per cent of Catholics were born outside Ireland (down from 11.8 per cent in 2011). 

Born in Republic of IrelandBorn outside Republic of Ireland
State 200292.75595927808457.24404072191549
County Dublin 200292.8327750568767.16722494312403
Rest of country 200292.72711112321127.27288887678881
State 200689.594852076768910.4051479232311
County Dublin 200689.223985410599110.7760145894009
Rest of country 200689.726558331979410.2734416680206
State 201187.956865587610312.0431344123897
County Dublin 201187.148203129832412.8517968701676
Rest of country 201188.231026011414211.7689739885858
State 201688.031766110017611.9682338899824
County Dublin 201686.600162298000113.3998377019999
Rest of country 201688.503934798468411.4960652015316