Best Place to Live in Ireland – Malahide

Is Malahide the best location to live in Ireland?
According to our analysis of 2006 census data – Malahide came out top of all the towns with a population of 1500 or more. Malahide beat over 180 other towns into 1st place in the Ireland-Towns.com chart.
Based on statistics  for thing slike  unemployment, sickness, lone parents, voluntary work, education levels and housing – Malahide seems to be the best place to live. Of course there are other factors that have not been considered here such as house prices and crime – but on the statistics available from the census – Malahide comes out best.

Unemployment in Malahide is low – just 2.61% – less than half the average for the country (5.89%).
Just 1.77% of the workforce in Malahide are not able to work because of ill health problems – this is well below the national average of 4.71%
Of those living in Malahide and working – the majority work in management/ government or clerical work (30.1% of the workforce). Malahide has the highest percentage of workers in Ireland in this category of work(clerical – management – government)Lone parent households make up 11.04% of family units in Malahide – which is almost 45% below the average for Ireland of 19.3%.
The percentage of single people in Malahide is 55.4% – the lowest in Ireland and about 15% below the average for Ireland which is 64.28% single people. (This has not been classed as a “good” thing)
Local Authority rented homes make up only 2.04% of the total dwelling units in Malahide – compared to 9.06% average for the country.
Central Heating – 2.13% of all homes in Malahide have no central heating – which is 80% lower than the country as a whole (10.22%). Nearly one third of homes in Malahide (32.34) are owned outright – with no mortgage. This compares with 28% across Ireland as a whole

Of the people living in Malahide who have completed their education – just 6.38% went no further than primary school or had no formal education at all. The national average of 16.72% going no further than primary education- is almost treble that of Malahide.
Graduates make up 34.85% of the Malahide workforce – over 100% higher than the average for the Irish population of 16.56%.
More people are involved in voluntary work in Malahide than the national average. 19% of the over 15s in Malahide said they do some sort of voluntary work compared to the national average of 15.42% – about 20% more.
The population of Malahide has a slightly older age profile than the national average. 34.5.5% of Malahide residents are over 45 compared to 30.9% for the whole of Ireland. The percentage of retired people is just below the average at 10.91%.