16/07/2012

Census: NI Population Growing And Getting Older

The population of Northern Ireland has risen to its highest figure ever according to last year's census.

1.81m people now live here and the number of people has increased by 7% over the last decade, which is broadly in line with England and Wales.

The average age in Northern Ireland is now 37, which is up three years from the 2001 average.

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson thanked those who had been involved in collecting the figures.

He said: "The Census is the single largest statistical exercise conducted by Government. While it takes considerable time to plan, implement and process, the results will be of great importance in planning the future development of Northern Ireland. Knowing how many people live in Northern Ireland allows us to work out the types of services that we need to develop in the future. Over the course of the coming months further reports will be published. The more detailed information from the 2011 Census will assist and help to inform Ministers when making important decisions on long term policy initiatives that will have a direct impact on the people of Northern Ireland. I would like to take this opportunity to again thank the public for participating in the 2011 Census, and to thank all those who worked on this exercise."

A small number of people boycotted last year's census as it was run by a defence company, Lockheed Martin.

(NE/GK)

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