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Table 1 Distribution of demographic, social and socio-demographic characteristics of settlements across Northern Ireland according to census in 2001 (data presented as percentages for enumerated individuals only; all ages)

From: Urban and rural variations in morbidity and mortality in Northern Ireland

  Belfast Urban Area Derry Urban Area Large Towns Medium Towns Small Towns Intermediate Settlement Village Rural$ All N. Ireland
Population          
Total (no.) 545,955 84,739 214,698 95,992 96,764 64,869 65,716 434,491 1,603,224
less than 25 34.5 41.6 35.2 37.5 34.6 36.1 35.9 36.4 35.8
65 or over 15.3 9.9 12.8 12.0 14.6 11.9 12.6 13.0 13.6
Marital status          
Married 37.8 33.1 39.5 37.9 40.9 42.2 41.1 43.9 39.9
Never married 48.1 54.8 47.1 49.9 46.1 46.7 47.4 47.9 48.2
Wid/sep/div 14.1 12.1 13.4 12.1 13.0 11.1 11.6 8.2 11.9
Denomination          
RC 32.1 75.2 39.1 59.2 36.8 39.6 42.0 45.5 41.6
Tenure          
Owner 74.2 67.0 75.9 75.0 78.0 83.0 77.3 90.4 79.3
Private Rental 5.9 4.7 5.2 5.7 7.1 4.0 5.1 4.0 5.2
Social Renting 19.8 28.3 18.9 19.4 14.8 12.9 17.6 5.5 15.5
Car ownership          
Two plus 31.6 24.3 30.6 34.2 38.8 43.6 38.4 58.5 39.7
One only 43.4 48.4 47.5 46.1 44.7 44.0 45.8 35.3 42.4
No access 25.0 27.3 21.9 19.7 16.5 12.5 15.8 6.2 17.9
Social Class (NS-SEC)          
Professional 31.6 26.6 25.8 26.3 29.0 31.8 24.1 24.4 27.9
Intermediate 9.8 7.1 8.8 8.6 8.8 9.1 7.9 5.8 8.2
Small employers 7.2 7.9 8.9 11.1 12.8 12.1 13.4 27.6 14.0
Lower Supervisory 10.2 10.9 12.1 9.9 10.1 10.3 11.1 8.3 10.0
Routine 28.4 33.9 34.2 33.0 27.8 27.8 32.4 23.9 28.6
Not working 5.3 9.2 5.0 6.0 4.4 3.9 5.5 4.4 5.2
Students 1.1 0.8 0.3 0.3 1.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.6
Unclassified 6.4 3.6 4.9 4.7 5.8 4.8 5.3 5.3 5.5
  1. $ Rural is short hand for 'small village, hamlet and open countryside'
  2. Source: Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (Mortality Study)