Northern Ireland - Statistics and Facts

In 2015 the population of Northern Ireland reached an all-time high of 1.85 million inhabitants, of which — according to regional population figures — 285 thousand lived in the capital. The forecast population of Northern Ireland was expected to inflate continually in coming years, growing by almost 200 thousand residents in the period from 2016 to 2039. Approximately 89 percent of inhabitants were born there, as shown by figures concerning the country of birth of Northern Ireland residents.

Compared to the rest of the UK, this small country had a significantly high rate of religiosity, the most popular religion in Northern Ireland being Catholicism. This greater concentration of piousness may correlate with the fact that Northern Ireland had the highest birth rate of any UK country, when compared to the birth rate in Scotland or the birth rate in the United Kingdom. A subsequent result of this factor presents itself in data regarding the average number of people per household, whereby Northern Ireland had the most populous of any country in the UK.

Interestingly, despite the larger size of households, the rate of marriage in Northern Ireland was substantially lower than the marriage rate in Scotland, England & Wales, and the same was true for the number of divorces when compared to the total population of Northern Ireland.

In recent years the youth unemployment rate in Northern Ireland has shown substantial decline, contracting by 6.5 percent from 2013 to 2016. In association with this progression so too has the rate of unemployment in Northern Ireland undergone a less substantial yet negative development, dropping yearly by 1.5 percent in the years preceding. Interestingly, the rate of employment has increased by 2.9 percent over the same timeframe.

In conjunction with the average actual weekly hours of full-time work experienced an overall increase of 20 minutes, this would have contributed to the total gross value added (GVA) of Northern Ireland, which has shown growth each year since 2009. An industry breakdown of Northern Ireland GVA illustrates manufacturing as being the most highly valued industry in the country, a factor which assuredly would have been instrumental to Northern Ireland exports to EU countries.

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