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Electoral Ward information for Falls

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Area Profile Report
Created Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:37 AM
Population Estimates for Falls Ward
The estimated population of Falls Ward at 30 June 2017 was 5,202, of which 2,559 (49.2%) were male and 2,643 (50.8%) were female.
This was made up of:
  • 1,204 children aged 0-15 years;
  • 1,823 people aged 16-39 years;
  • 1,512 people aged 40-64 years; and
  • 663 people 65 years and older.
Between 2007 and 2017 the population of Falls Ward increased by 44 people or 0.9%.
Table 1: Population Estimates by broad age bands, 2017
Northern Ireland
Total Population (2017)
Children (0-15 years)
Young Working Age (16-39 years)
Older Working Age (40-64 years)
Older (65+ years)
Population Change % (2007-2017)
Datasets used: Population Estimates: Broad Age Bands (administrative geographies), NISRA Demographic Statistics
Further Information:
Further information on Population Estimates including reports, methodolgy etc. can be found on the NISRA website.
Information on Components of Population Change and Migration are available on NINIS.
Interactive content is also available to view under the Population theme.
Profile last updated July 2018
Census 2011 Population Statistics for Falls Ward
This page provides information on the 2011 Census for Falls Ward. Click on the blue tabs at the top to see results for other geographical levels. Information has been grouped according to the Census themes. You can also view Census 2011 Interactive Content on NINIS.
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Usually Resident Population
On Census Day (27 March 2011) the usually resident population of Falls Ward was 5,184 accounting for 0.29% of the NI total.
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Population Change
The Mid-Year Estimates (MYE) of Population time series is the recommended source to examine population change over time. A new MYE time series, incorporating the 2011 Census, has now been published by NISRA and is available on NINIS.
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On Census Day 2011 there were 5,079 people (97.97% of the usually resident population) living in 2,262 households, giving an average household size of 2.25.
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On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Falls Ward:
  • 20.25% were aged under 16 years and 13.48% were aged 65 and over;
  • 47.99% of the usually resident population were male and 52.01% were female; and
  • 34 years was the average (median) age of the population.
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Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion
On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Falls Ward, considering the resident population:
  • 96.06% were from the white (including Irish Traveller) ethnic group;
  • 87.56% belong to or were brought up in the Catholic religion and 7.52% belong to or were brought up in a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' religion; and
  • 14.27% indicated that they had a British national identity, 59.76% had an Irish national identity and 24.48% had a Northern Irish national identity*.
*Respondents could indicate more than one national identity
On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Falls Ward, considering the population aged 3 years old and over:
  • 17.52% had some knowledge of Irish;
  • 2.34% had some knowledge of Ulster-Scots; and
  • 4.36% did not have English as their first language.
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On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Falls Ward:
  • 33.80% of people had a long-term health problem or disability that limited their day-to-day activities;
  • 65.66% of people stated their general health was either good or very good; and
  • 11.71% of people stated that they provided unpaid care to family, friends, neighbours or others.
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Housing and Accommodation
On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Falls Ward:
  • 28.38% of households were owner occupied and 66.93% were rented;
  • 9.81% of households were owned outright;
  • 11.85% of households were comprised of a single person aged 65+ years;
  • 19.58% were lone parent households with dependent children; and
  • 71.26% of households did not have access to a car or van.
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On Census Day 27th March 2011, considering the population aged 16 years old and over:
  • 10.45% had a degree or higher qualification; while
  • 63.50% had no or low (Level 1*) qualifications.
*Level 1 is 1-4 O Levels/CSE/GCSE (any grades) or equivalent
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Labour Market
On Census Day 27th March 2011, considering the population aged 16 to 74 years old:
  • 48.26% were economically active, 51.74% were economically inactive;
  • 35.96% were in paid employment; and
  • 9.08% were unemployed.
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Further Information:
Further information on the terms used in this profile can be found in the Census 2011 Definitions and Output Classifications document.
Profile last updated January 2013
Geographical Information for Falls Ward
There are 582 Wards in Northern Ireland. They are also referred to as Electoral Wards.
Wards are mostly equivalent to or are a combination of Super Output Areas (SOAs), although in Moyle Local Government District 12 Wards are combined to form 6 Super Output Areas.
The 582 Wards join to form the 26 Local Government Districts (LGDs).
4,537 Small Areas (SAs) are combined to form Wards.
  • Falls ward can be defined as Urban*.
  • Falls ward is situated in the Belfast Local Government District.
  • Falls ward is situated in the Belfast West Assembly Area.
  • Falls ward is within Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
  • Falls ward neighbours the following wards:
New Lodge