New analysis of the 2016 census shows the number of families in Waterford has increased by 600.
There are now 30,524 families in the county – an increase of 2% since 2011.
The report shows that there were 1,218,370 families in the State on Census Night, an increase of 3.3% since 2011. The number of children per family remained unchanged at 1.38 children since the 2011 census.
In April 2016, 39.9% of those aged 15 and over living in the county were single (36,520 people), which was below the percentage in the State overall (41.1%). A further 41,927 people (45.8%) were (first-time)
married, compared to 46.0% nationally.
There were 1,718 remarried persons in the county. Males were much more likely to remarry after divorce, with 44.7% doing so, compared to just 31.8% of females.
The number of divorcees increased by 490 to 2,813, and accounted for 3.1% of those aged 15 and over. The 5,305 widowed persons comprised 5.8% of those aged above 15 years.
Same-sex civil partnerships
Census 2016 marked the first time that this relationship category was recorded in an Irish census, following the enactment of civil partnership legislation. There were 74 people in this category in
County Waterford, and 4,226 in the State overall.
The number of people living alone increased by 751 to 11,355, i.e. 9.9% of all those living in private households. Of these, 4,340 were aged 65 and over, with women accounting for 62.3%.