The Central Statistics Office has released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that a total of 22,660 persons, accounting for 14.3% of the population in County Tipperary, had a disability in April 2011. This compares with 13% of the population for the State as a whole.
Of these 11,319 (50%) were male while 11,341 (50%) were female.
The most common disability overall was a difficulty with pain, breathing or other chronic illness or condition which was experienced by 47.3% of disabled people in the county; this was followed by a difficulty with basic physical activities, experienced by 44%. Both disabilities were strongly age-related.
A question on general health was introduced for the first time in Census
2011 and asked respondents to rate their general health in one of five categories from very good to very bad. Self-perceived health provides a well validated and widely used measure of actual health, despite its subjective nature.
Overall, 58.2% of people in County Tipperary had very good health with a further 29.3% indicating that their health was good. 2,659 people (1.7%) indicated that they had bad or very bad health.
The census showed that a total of 7,117 persons or 4.5% of the total population of County Tipperary were providing unpaid assistance to others in April 2011. Of these carers 4,318 (60.7%) were women and 2,799 (39.3%) men. These carers provided a total of 255,317 hours of care per week.
It also showed that 176 children aged under 15 years were engaged in providing care to others, accounting for 2.5% per cent of all carers in the county.