Carrigaline residents rank themselves amongst the healthiest in Ireland

Carrigaline residents rank themselves amongst the healthiest in Ireland
The Census details on Ireland's health, disability and carers status.

People in Carrigaline rank themselves among the top three healthiest towns in Ireland, according to the Census figures.

The majority of people (92.4%) living in Carrigaline stated that their health was either very good or good, according to the Census figures for 2016 published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The town came a very close second only to Malahide in Dublin (92.5%).

The majority of people living in Cork stated that their health was either “very good” (61%) or good (27.2%), the Census also shows.

However, a further 1.5% people in Cork ranked their health as bad or very bad.

Nationally 87% of people said they were in either very good or good health in last years Census, with most 15 to 19-year-olds stating they were in good or very good health.

Census 2016 was the second census in which the Irish public was asked to rate their own health so the CSO can begin to make comparisons over time, according to CSO senior statistician Deirdre Cullen.

“The report also provides detailed data and analysis on those with a disability while also examining changes in relation to carers, looking at issues such as the age and gender profile of carers, the number of carers in each county, and the hours of care provided.” 

Cork City had the highest rate of people with disabilities living in the country at 18.1%, the census also found.

In Cork, 34,014 people stated that they had “a difficulty with pain, breathing or any other chronic illness or condition.” 

A further 6,318 indicated they had blindness or a serious visual impairment.

12,003 people in Cork stated they had deafness or a serious hearing impairment.

Census 2016 also found there was an increase in family carers with 23,682 people in Cork stating that they provide regular unpaid personal help for a friend or family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability.

This was an increase of 1,254 people (5.6%) from 2011.

The figures also show that 14,199 were female (60%), and 9,483 were male (40%).

Carers in Cork provided 773,883 hours of care per week, with amounts to an average of 36.9 hours per carer per week.

The total amount of weekly care hours increased by 16,929 hours (2.2%) from 2011.

There were 468 carers in Cork aged under 15 years, compared with 545 in 2011.

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