Population

Northern Ireland has one of the fastest growing populations in the UK. Since 1980, it has grown by 9.3% and is projected to rise to 1.72 million by 2011. The proportion of the population under 15 is also the highest in the UK and is currently 23.4%, compared to the UK average of 19.3%. The population of the Derry City Council area has grown to 106,635 (+10.9%) of which the rural population accounts for just over 29,000. The growth in the rural population of over 13% is higher than the urban average; this has been affected by some changes in electoral ward boundaries and the growth of some sub-urban area into traditionally rural areas.

Analysis of Rural Population by Ward and Age Band


Age Bands   
Ward 0-15 16-59 60+ Total
Banagher 735  1320 318 2373
Claudy 729 1536 354 2619
Corrody 1112 2014 361 3487
Culmore 2209 3739 446 6394
Eglinton 1165 2531 540 4236
Enagh 978 1794 410 3182
Faughan 863 1876 409 3148
Newbuildings 1084 2074 432 3590
  8875 16884 3270 29029
         
Rural Area 31% 58% 11% 27.2%
Derry City Council Area 28% 59% 13% 106638
NI Figures 24% 58% 17%  

The area has a high youth population with 31% below the age of 16 (7% higher than the Northern Ireland average). This generally means that the youth population will expand over the next few years. The statistics show a high dependency rate throughout the region which places a great need for support on the local economy.

Analysis of Population by Age Band

The ward showing the greatest growth in the Council area is that of Crevagh & Springtown, the population there currently stands at over 11500. This ward along with Altnagelvin, and Ballynashallog contained a mixture of rural and urban and are not directly included in the figures given in the table overleaf.

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