Ireland's Town: Other figures uncovered

Kinsale has been named as the town that statistically best represents us as a nation

Ireland's Town: Other figures uncovered

Traditional shop fronts in the town of Kinsale in west Cork | Image:

On Tuesday, Newstalk Breakfast named the Cork town of Kinsale as 'Ireland's Town'.

The title was awarded following a detailed analysis of Census 2016, which took 29 different data measurements into account across an array of strands.

These included economic, family, age, gender and education.

The detailed research examined all towns with a population of 5,000 or more, and found that Kinsale bore a striking resemblance to the national average in almost every one of the 29 criteria.

Commenting on the findings, Newstalk statistician Odran Flynn, said: "Looking at the twenty nine criteria, Kinsale was the only town that was at or near the national average in each case.

"It offers a snapshot of the census, and so Ireland, in one place. It's a true microcosm of us as a nation."

During the research a number of other interesting figures were discovered:

  • Monaghan has the highest rate of divorce - Maynooth has the lowest
  • Maynooth is also Ireland's brainiest town - over half of people there have degrees
  • The least Catholic town in the country is Greystones-Delgany
  • The town with the highest rate of mortgage paid off is Portmarnock - the lowest is Kinsealy-Drinian
  • Kinsealy-Drinian is also the highest employed town - Carrick-on-Suir is the lowest