Greystones came fifth in our league table of the BEST towns in Ireland .
Our top 20 chart was based on census figures from 2006 and was compiled using statistics on Education, Housing, Lone Parents, IT, Unemployment to analyse all the towns. Only towns with populations over 1500 were included.At the 2006 census – the population of Greystones was 14569 .The unemployment rate in Greystones was 3.1% – almost half the national average in Ireland of 5.89%
In Greystones – only 2.22% of the workforce are unable to work because of disability or ill health – which is again under half the national average of 4.71% .
Most workers in Greystones are are employed in management or clerical jobs (27% of the workforce)
Lone parents- make up 15.81% of all households in Greystones – this is just below the national average which is 19.29%
Housing: Local Authority rented homes make up 4.64% of the dwelling units in Greystones about half of the average for Irish towns of 9.06% of Council houses.
Rented homes in Greystones make up 15.86% of all homes in the town – which is just over half of the national average of 28.1%.
More than a quarter of all homes (27.56%) in Greystones are owned outright – with no mortgage outstanding – This is similar to the average for Ireland as a whole which is 28%.Central Heating is not installed in just 4.85% of dwellings in Greystones – which is better than the national average of 10.2%.
Information Technology. : 72% of households own personal computers in Greystones – compared to 53.3% nationally. Broadband connections were at 36.3% in Greystones in 2006 about 75% above the national average which was a fairly poor 20.18% .
33% of homes had no internet access at all in Greystones – compared to the national average of 51%.
Education : Just 8.24% of the people living in Greystones were only educated to primary school level or had no formal education at all. This is half the national average of 16.72%. eople with a third level degree or a higher qualification – make up 33% of the Greystones workforce – which is more than double the national average of 16.57%.
Community involvement in Greystones is above the average for the country – 19% of the over 15s said they carried out some sort of voluntary work.The percentage of people with a disability in Greystones is below the national average of 9.8% at 8.6%.