New Ross came fifth in our top 20 Worst towns in Ireland . Our chart was based on census figures from 2006 and used statistics on Education, Housing, Lone Parents, IT, Unemployment to analyse all the towns with populations over 1500.At the 2006 census – the population of New Ross was 7709 .The unemployment rate in New Ross was 9.86% and was the 5th highest rate of unemployment in Ireland
In New Ross – 4.9% of the workforce are unable to work because of disability or ill health – which is slightly above over the national average of 4.71% .
Most workers in New Ross are are employed in manufacturing (15.86% of the workforce)
Lone parents- make up 24.4% of all households in New Ross well above the National average of 19.29%
Housing: Local Authority rented homes make up 16.56% of the dwelling units in New Ross – the fourh highest percentage in the country behind Rathangan, Lonford and Rathnew.
Rented homes in New Ross make up 40.37% of all homes in the town – 50% above the average for Ireland of 28.1%.
26.27% of houses in New Ross are owned outright – with no mortgage outstanding – just below the average for Ireland as a whole.
Central Heating is not installed in 16.56% of all dwellings in New Ross – which is 50% worse than the national averageof 10.22%.
Information Technology. : 46.48% of households own personal computers in New Ross – compared to 53.3% nationally. But 18.5% had broadband at the last census – not much lower than the Irish average at the time of 20.18% .
Also – 56.75% of homes had no internet access at all in New Ross – compared to the average of 51%
Education : 18.8% of the people living in New Ross – were only educated to primary school level or had no formal education at all. This is very close to the national average of 16.72%.
People with a third level degree or a higher qualification – make up just 11.43% of the New Ross workforce – which is about two thirds of the national average of 16.57%.
Community involvement in New Ross is just below the average for the country. In New Ross 14.2% of the over 15s said they carry out some sort of voluntary work compared to the national average of 15.42%
The percentage of people with a disability in New Ross is below the national average of 9.8% at 9.3%.