Number declaring no religion nearly doubles in county

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The report also details how both the proportion and total number of Catholics have fallen since 2011, with Catholics comprising 78.3% of the population in April 2016, down from 84.2% in 2011, while the number of people with no religion (including atheists and agnostics) increased by 73.6% to stand at 481,388 in 2016.

There are 730 Irish Travellers living in Longford town, the second highest number among towns of a population of 1,500 or more persons.

There were 554 Irish Travellers enumerated in the county in April 2016.

There were more male (637) than female (598) Travellers.

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Meanwhile, the data also shows the Traveller population has grown by just over five per cent from 29,495 in 2011 to 30,987 past year.

Meanwhile the number of people to declare no religion, including atheists/agnostics, increased by more than 70% over the same five year period. Travellers made up 1 in 200 (0.5 per cent) of the county's population, which was below the figure at national level (0.7 per cent).

Nearly 60% of Travellers were aged under 25, compared with just 33.4% of the general population. This was followed by "Any other White background" (9.5%), non-Chinese Asian (1.7%) and "other incl. mixed background' (1.5%)". In the past five years, the number of people with no religion nearly doubled.

Those with 'Black or Black Irish (African/any other Black background)' comprised 718 persons (0.7%) while 984 persons (1.0%) indicated an "Asian or Asian Irish (Chinese/any other Asian background)".

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In terms of ethnic composition White Irish remains the largest group, accounting for more than 80% of residents. By 2016, this had increased to 7,604 people comprising 5.8 per cent of the county's population.

More than 3.7 million Catholics made up just over 78.3 per cent of the population in April past year, compared with 84.2 per cent in 2011 - a drop of 132,220.

The average overall age of members was 40.3 years, almost three years above the average for the general population. Their average age was 37 years, making them 3.2 years younger on average than the county's population overall.

The Church of Ireland has the third-highest membership, with 126,414 people. Orthodox (2,915) and Muslims (1,564) completed the top five.

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Here is a summary of some of the headline results from Census 2016 for County Longford, together with comparisons for Leinster and the State.

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