The number of vacant properties in the Ardee area has decreased significantly in the five years between 2011 and 2016, new Census figures show.
Preliminary figures from last year’s Census are being released in phases and among the statistics released by the Central Statistics Office so far are numbers that show how the percentage rate of vacant properties per settlement have changed between the 2016 Census and the previous one five years earlier.
Figures show that where there was an 11.80% vacancy rate in 2011, the number now stands at just 6.60% in Ardee town. 48.5% of dwellings that were vacant in the Ardee Urban electoral division six years ago were occupied in 2016. The figure is slightly higher in the Ardee Rural area, at 50.7%.
The change in vacany rates trump figures from other local villages and towns. The vacancy rate is down throughout Louth – but no more so than in Ardee with a 5.2% decrease. In neighbouring Collon and Dunleer, vacant properties are down 2.9% and 1.1% respectively. Vacancy rates in Dundalk are down 4.1% in the five year period and the number in Drogheda is down 3% over the same period.