New Mid Ulster council will have youngest population

No country for old men.
No country for old men.

The proposed new Mid Ulster ‘super-council’ which will include Cookstown and Magherafelt council areas will have the youngest population of any new council.

It really is a case of ‘no country for old men’, in the Mid Ulster super-council area, with the proportion of men over 65 the smallest of any of the super-council areas.

The statistics released recently by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) suggest that 138,590 PEOPLE would be resident in the new council area based on the latest census.

The break down of men and women in the Dungannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt council areas breaks down almost evenly with 69,362 males and 69,228 females present.

Just 11.21 percent of the current male population made up of men aged over 65 years, in the Mid Ulster constituency which compares with North Down and Ards who top the list with almost 16 percent of the population there men aged over 65.

The data reveals that there will be 7,776 men aged over the age of 65 in the new Mid-Ulster constituency, but almost 2,000 more women, with 9,615 women expected to be resident . The new constituency also has the highest proportion of it’s population under the age of 16 with 23.06 percent falling in this category.

This represents almost 31,952 children in the constituency. An imbalance between males and females can also be found with 16,358 boys in the area but only 15,594 girls.

Elections to the new council are set to take place next spring with the existing councils remaining in place for one year to ensure a smooth transition from the current council three structure to a single Mid-Ulster constituency council.