Tipperary town came third in our chart of worst place to live in Ireland . Based on census 2006  information we have compiled a top 20 best and worst places to live in Ireland. Of course people will disagree with these positions – but thay are based on facts and figures like unemployment, housing, lone parents and education.

At the 2006 census 2006 – the population of Tipperary Town was 5065 .The unemployment rate was 7.6% – this compares badly with a  National Average of 5.92%
In Tipperary – 7.72% of the workforce are unable to work because of disability or ill health – which is over 40% above the national average of 4.71% .
Of those people in work – the largest proportion are employed in sales (15.49% of the workforce) .Lone parent households in Tipperary- make up 28.73% of all households. This is the highest in Ireland and about 30% above the National average.

Local Authority rented homes make up 15.94% of the dwelling units in Tipperary – the sixth highest percentage in Ireland.
Rented homes make up 36.46% of all homes in Tipperary – slightly above the average for Ireland of 28.1%.
35.64% of occupied houses in Tipperary are owned outright – with no mortgage outstanding. This compares with an average of 28% across Ireland as a whole.

Heating: 21.56% of all dwellings in Tipperary have no central heating – which is more than double the average for the country as a whole (10.22%).
I.T. : 36.36% of households own personal computers in Tipperary – compared to 53.3% nationally. Only 11.4% had broadband at the last census – much lower than the Irish average at the time of 20.18% . Also – 71% of homes had no internet access at all in Tipperary – compared to the average of 51%

Education : 24.98% of the people living in Tipperary — only went as far as primary school or had no formal education at all. This is very close to 50% above the national average of 16.72%
People with a third level degree or a higher qualification – make up just 8.7% of the Tipperary workforce – which is almost half the national average of 16.57%

Community involvement in Tipperary is just below the average for the country. In Tipperary 14.9 % 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 Tipperary is above the national average of 9.8% at 14.9%.

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