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More independent single women in Ireland than ever before

By Sheetal Sukhija, Dublin News
09 Mar 2018, 08:15 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Central Statistics Office released census figures showing that the country currently houses more independent single women than ever before.

The CSO figures, released to mark International Women’s Day showed that there are currently more women than men in Ireland too.

Figures revealed that the overall sex ratio stands at 97.8 males for every 100 females.

Statistics drawn out by the CSO also show that Irish women are more educated than their male counterparts and are also now living longer than ever before.

According to the CSO, in 2016, Census figures showed that there were 2,407,437 women living in the country.

This, the statistics body said was an increase of 91,884 or 4 percent on the previous census in 2011.

Further, of those registered, a total of 1,236,634 women are single, which was a 3 percent increase on previous figures.

According to the statistics body, there were 30,617 more females than men in the Dublin region alone.

The largest difference was in Dublin City, which had just over 10,000 more.

Further, Cork too had significantly more women than men with 5,518 or 2 percent more.

Galway city meanwhile had 3,068 or 7.5 percent more women than men.

According to the CSO report, women, in general, were better educated than men in April 2016 with 43.2 percent of females aged 15 years and over now having a third level qualification, compared with 40.7 percent of males.

Further, among those aged 25 to 39, women tended to stay in education longer than men too.

The CSO report also noted that a total of 314,258 have a bachelor’s degree, 164,431 have a postgraduate diploma or degree and 12,743 have a doctorate.

The figures also pointed out that women are more caring than ever when it comes to looking after those in need.

As per the figures, 118,151 women are working as carers, making up 60.5 percent of the overall figure.

Meanwhile, in 2016, 372 women lived to the ripe age of 100, which was an 11 percent increase on five years previous.

Apart from Irish women, who make up the vast majority of the female population in the country, Polish women living in Ireland now total 60,655, followed by those from the U.K. at 50,389 and Lithuanian at 19,633.

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