Athea

Local Profile Update

Socio-Economic Profile

Data Source: CSO Census Data for 2011 and 2016

Population

A total of 369 persons were living in Athea in 2016, a decrease of 4.3% from 2011.

Athea had an average age of 41.2 years in 2016, an increase from 40 years in 2011. This average age is higher than the national average of 37.4 years and the regional average of 39.7 years.

Those aged 65 years or older accounted for 17.9% of the total population in 2016. Those aged 14 years or younger accounted for 16.5% of the total population in 2016. The working age population (15-64 years) accounted for 65.6% of the population in 2016, which is higher than the regional average of 62.5%.

Age 2016
0 - 9 41
10 - 19 43
20 - 29 47
30 - 39 46
40 - 49 42
50 - 59 55
60 - 69 41
70 - 79 31
80+ 23
Total 369
Sex Average Age
Male 42.0
Female 40.5
Overall 41.2
Age 2016
No.
2016
%
0 - 14 61 16.5%
15 - 64 242 65.6%
65+ 66 17.9%

The total number of non-nationals living in Athea was 4% in 2016. This is below both the regional and national average. Non-nationals from the UK comprised the largest percentage of non-nationals, accounting for one third of all non-nationals in Athea in 2016

Those living in Athea with a disability accounted for 16.3% of the total population, marginally below the regional average of 17%. There was a total of 9 carers in Athea in 2016.

Household Composition

‘Married couple and children’ households comprised 25.5% of all households in 2016. All households with children comprised 44.6% of all households in 2016. This is below both the regional average of 46.7% and national average of 48.7%. ‘One person’ households comprised 35.7% of all households in 2016. ‘One person’ households had the largest percentage share of all households in 2016.

‘Adult’ families comprised 38% of all families in 2016, with ‘Adolescent’ families comprising 12%. Families with younger children (i.e. Pre-adolescent’, ‘Early school’ and ‘Pre-school’ comprised 22% of families. ‘Retired’ and ‘Empty Nest’ families comprised 22% of all families. This is below the regional average of 24.8%.

All ‘Owner occupied’ households comprised 58.6% of all households in 2016. This is less than the regional average of 75%. All ‘Rented’ households comprised 36.3% of all households. This is greater than the regional average of 19.9%. ‘Occupied’ dwellings accounted for 84% of all dwellings in 2016. This is below the regional average of 86%. ‘Vacant’ dwellings accounted for 16% of all dwellings in 2016. This is greater than the regional average of 14%.

Education

The number of those aged 15 years or older with ‘Up to Leaving Cert’ education was 69.6% in 2016. This is higher than the regional average of 43.2%. Those with ‘No formal education’ accounted for 0% of all those aged 15 years or older in 2016. This is lower than the regional average of 2%.

Those with ‘Third Level’ or higher (Level 6 or higher) education accounted for 22.4% of all those aged 15 years or older in 2016. This is less than the regional average of 24.5%.

Economy

The unemployment rate was 14.3% in Athea in 2016, a decrease from 17% in 2011. This is higher than the regional average of 8.4% and the national average of 6.3%. Those ‘At work’ accounted for 39.6% of those aged 15 years or older in 2016, which is below the regional average of 48.5%. Those ‘retired’ comprised 18.2% of those aged 15 years or older in 2016. This is marginally less than the regional average of 18.6%.

Those in ‘Professional’ and ‘Employer and Manager’ roles comprised 23.3% of those employed in 2016. This is marginally lower than the regional average of 24%. Those in ‘Non-Manual’, ‘Manual Skilled’, ‘Semi-Skilled’, ‘Unskilled’ and ‘Own Account’ comprised 50.1% of those employed, higher than the regional average of 46.6%. ‘Farmers’, ‘Agricultural workers’ and ‘Others gainfully occupied/unknown’ comprised 26.5% of those employed, lower than the regional average of 29.5%.

Socio-Economic Group % Persons 2016 Summary
A Employers and managers 13% 23.3%
B Higher professional 3%
C Lower professional 7%
D Non-manual 6% 50.1%
E Manual skilled 16%
F Semi-skilled 15%
G Unskilled 9%
H Own account workers 4%
I Farmers 1% 26.5%
J Agricultural workers 0%
Z Others gainfully occupied/unknown 25%
Total 100%

Transport

Travel as a ‘car driver’ or ‘car passenger’ accounted for 67% of all work-related journeys and 25% of all education-related journeys in 2016. This is lower than the regional average of 69% and 61% respectively. ‘Green Transport’ (includes travelling on foot, by bus, minibus, coach, train, or tram) accounted for 12% of all work-related journeys and 72% of all education-related journeys. 

Overall, travel by car, lorry or other private motor vehicles accounted for 60.6% of all travel journeys, while ‘Green Transport’ accounted for 34.2%.

Overall, 63.2% of travel was undertaken for work and 36.8% was undertaken for education. 

Average commute time for Athea was 28.4 minutes in 2016, higher than the regional average of 25.2 minutes. 61.2% of all travel was undertaken in 30 minutes of less, lower than the regional average of 65.1%.

74.5% of households had one or more cars in 2016, lower than the regional average of 85.8%. 23.6% of households have no car(s), higher than the regional average of 12.4%.

Connectivity

45.2% of households had a personal computer in 2016, lower than the regional average of 61.4%. 52.2% of households had no personal computer, higher than the regional average of 36.1%.

52.2% of households had access to Broadband in 2016, lower than the regional average of 57.2%. 39.5% of households had no access to Broadband, higher than the regional average of 28.9%. 

Deprivation

The 2016 Pobal HP Deprivation Index shows the level of overall affluence and deprivation at small area level throughout Ireland.

The index is created through local analysis of relevant metrics (i.e. the proportion of skilled professionals, education levels, employment levels, and single-parent households found in an area).

Athea* had a HP Deprivation score of -2.62 in 2016, a decrease from -2.24 in 2011. This is higher than the regional average HP Deprivation score of -4.39 in 2016. Ardagh can be described as having a ‘marginally below average’ HP Deprivation score.

*Weighted average based on population in each respective year