Polish people make up the largest group of non-Irish nationals in County Laois, according to Census 2011 Area Profiles which where published by the Central Stastics Office, last week.
The area profile for county Laois shows that there were 2,299 Polish people living in Laois at the time of the census, the next largest group were UK nationals. Non-Irish nationals accounted for 10.5% of the population of Laois. This is slightly lower than the national average figure of 12%.
Each area profile shows a map of the profile area and includes information on the age, sex and marital status of the population, as well as data on housing, living arrangements and household composition; other topics such as nationality, migration, the labour force and education are also covered
One third of the 10,217 people who had a disability in April 2011 were aged 65 years and over. Over 3,000 people provided regular unpaid personal help for a friend or family member with a long term illness, health problem or disability. Almost a quarter of those provided care for more than six hours per day.
According to the report, there were 38,597 people aged 15 years and over in the labour force and of these, 78.6% were at work. The unemployment rate was almost 3% higher than the national average at 21.4%.
Just one quarter of those aged 15 years and over who had finished full-time education were educated to third level.
Over 11,000 people claimed that they spoke the Irish language daily, while over 31,000 people claimed they could speak the language.
Polish was the most common foreign language spoken at home with 2,293 speakers.
The vast majority of households lived in houses or bungalows (95.3%), while just 4.4% lived in apartments, flats or bedsits. Over 20,000 dwellings were owner occupied while almost a quarter were rented.
The figures showed that 57.3 per cent of households had broadband connectivity compared with 63.8 per cent nationally.
Almost half of all households in the county had two or more cars, while the most popular mean of travelling to work was be car, with this mode accounting for 64% of all journeys.