Fermanagh Gold Introduction
 
...... AND FIGURES

Analysis of the census for the county
Comparative Statistics (1821-1926)
Fermanagh census stats 

  Males  Females  Total
1821  63,627 63,370 130,997
1831  73,117 76,646 149,763
1841  76,982 79,499 156,481
1851  56,839 59,218 116,047
1861  51,835 53,933 105,768
1871  45,430 47,364 92,784
1881  42,060 42,819 84,789
1891  37,344  36,826 74,170
1901  33,231 32,199 65,430
1911  31,690 30,146 61,836
1926  30,102 27,882 57,984

Families and Houses
The average number of families in the county was 12,984, the average numbein each family being 4.4. The number of inhabited houses was 12,924, showing an average number of 4.4 persons to each house. The special inmates of public institutions are omitted from these calculations.

There were in the county 8,648 Occupiers or heads of Families who were in occupation of less than five rooms, being 66.6% of the total for the county. Of these, 318 or 2.5% of the families in the county occupied one room; 1,785, or 13.7% two rooms; 3,802, or 29.3% three rooms; and 2,743 or 21.1% occupied four rooms.

There were in the county 187 tenements in which the room had only one occupant; 111 cases where the room had 2-4 occupants ; 177 cases in which there were 5-7 occupants and 3 cases in which the occupants exceeded 7 in number, including one case where nine persons occupied the same room.

Marriages, Births and Deaths
Number registered in the county during the ten years ending March 31, 1911, and the average annual rate as compared with the corresponding rates for all Ireland.

Marriages Births Deaths
Number Registered 2,908 13,305 10,366
Av. Ann. rate/1000 pop.
Fermanagh 4.6 20.9 16.3
For all Ireland 5.1 23.1 17.3

[Note: in directory it actually lists per 100 population for Co. Fermanagh.
However, for all other counties it lists per 1000. The average figure for all Ireland used for comparison does not differ from that given for other counties where per 1000 population is listed. For that reason I take the 100 to be a typographical error - Jane]

Birthplace of Inhabitants:
Of the population in 1926, 82.2% were born in the county, 5.1% in other counties in Northern Ireland, 10.2% in the Irish Republic, 2.2% in Great Britain and 0.3% were born abroad.

Education
In 1911 there were in the country 51,156 persons aged 9 years and upwards; of these 43,466 or 85% could read and write; 2,468 or 4.8% could read only; and 5,222 or 10.2% were illiterate. As this is the first census for which the age was raised from 5 years to nine years it is not possible to compare results from previous censuses. However, the report states that the percentage of those of 5 years and upwards who were unable to read and write was 15.4% in 1891; 13.1% in 1901 and in 1911 had fallen to 13%.

Irish Speaking (1861-1911)
Number of persons Speaking
1911 1901 1891 1881 1871 1861
Irish Only 0 0 0 0 10 15
Irish & English 1,563 1,005 561 1,270 359 1,678

Emigration:
The number of emigrants from the county per year:

1911  1901  1891  1881  1871  1861
3,562 5,403 10,158 10,514 10,864 17,372

Published here with full permission of Jane Lyons