The average age of people living in Ardee is the second highest in Co. Louth – but the figure is actually below the national average, according to the latest tranche of Census figures released by the Central Statistics Office this week.
Of Ardee’s 4,928 population, the town has an average of 37.2. Of towns and villages made up of more than 250 people, Castlebellingham – which has an average is 38.4 – have an older population in the county than Ardee. Ardee’s average age is significantly higher than neighbouring Collon, where the average is just 32.
Tullyallen boasts the counties youngest average age, at just 29.1 years. The national average age as per last year Census is 37.4 years.
According to figures, Dundalk has an average age of 36.1, whilst Drogheda has an average age of 35.5.
The average age of Ardee has rised 0.8% in the five years from 2011 – from 36.9 to 37.2.
As ever, the 25-44 age group make up the majority of residents living in the area with 1,520, up 48 from 2011. The biggest rise has been of 45-64 year olds, with 1,112 of them now living in Ardee. That figure is up 167 on the previous census.
There are 135 more 5-12 year olds in the town now (573, up from 438) and there are more 70+ aged residents in Ardee than in 2011. That number has jumped by 27 to 507.
The most glaring decline has been in the number of 19-24 year olds living in Ardee since 2011. There are 296 people in that age group living in the town – as of last April – which is 62 fewer than in 2011 (358). That represents a 17% drop.