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Local Government District (2014) information for Belfast

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Population Estimates for Belfast Local Government District
The estimated population of Belfast Local Government District at 30 June 2019 was 343,542, of which 167,021 (48.6%) were male and 176,521 (51.4%) were female.
 
This was made up of:
 
  • 68,467 children aged 0-15 years;
  • 122,554 people aged 16-39 years;
  • 101,696 people aged 40-64 years; and
  • 50,825 people 65 years and older.
Between 2009 and 2019 the population of Belfast Local Government District increased by 11,779 people or 3.6%.
Table 1: Population Estimates by broad age bands, 2019
 
 
Belfast
LGD
 
Northern Ireland
Total Population (2019)
343,542
 
1,893,667
 
Children (0-15 years)
68,467
 
395,925
 
Young Working Age (16-39 years)
122,554
 
578,542
 
Older Working Age (40-64 years)
101,696
 
604,476
 
Older (65+ years)
50,825
 
314,724
 
Population Change % (2009-2019)
3.6%
 
5.6%
 
Datasets used: Population Estimates: Broad Age Bands (administrative geographies), NISRA Population 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 June 2020
 
 
Census 2011 Population Statistics for Belfast Local Government District (2014)
The reform of Local Government will see the reduction of 26 current Districts (LGD) to 11 new Districts (LGD2014). The 11 new Districts become operational in April 2015; the new Districts will, however, operate in shadow mode after the elections in 2014. See NIDirect for further information.
 
For the 2011 Census, statistics for the new Districts (LGD2014) are exact aggregates of information available at the Small Area level. For the 2001 Census, the statistics for the new Districts (LGD2014) have been calculated by aggregating 2001 Census Output Area information. Given the exact mapping of 2001 Outputs Areas to 2011 Small Areas, the resulting Local Government District (2014) statistics from the 2001 and 2011 censuses both relate to the same areas.
For further information see
A Guidance Note on Census Outputs for the New 11 Districts.
 
Note that for 2001 Census data, rather than aggregating existing published information available for 2001 Census Output areas (which have all been individually subjected to the disclosure control methodology of "Small Cell Adjustment"), the statistics for the new LGDs (LGD2014) have been calculated by Census Office by aggregating unadjusted 2001 Census Output Area information and then applying the small cell adjustment methodology to the aggregated statistics at LGD level.
This page provides information on the 2011 Census for Belfast Local Government District (2014). 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.
Figure 1: Map of 11 New Districts (LGD 2014)
Click on theme titles below to obtain an area profile for that subject. The datasets used are shown below each section.
 
 
Usually Resident Population
On Census Day (27 March 2011) the usually resident population of Belfast Local Government District (2014) was 333,871 accounting for 18.44% of the NI total.
 
This represents a 1.60% increase since the 2001 Census. The table and chart below show how the age structure of the usually resident population in Belfast Local Government District (2014) on Census Day has changed between 2001 and 2011.
Table 1: Age Structure of Usually Resident Population, 2001 and 2011 Census
 
2001
2011
Age Bands
(years)
Usual
Residents
%
Usual
Residents
%
0-15
73,647
 
22.41
 
64,217
 
19.23
 
16-39
118,215
 
35.97
 
123,826
 
37.09
 
40-64
87,173
 
26.53
 
97,602
 
29.23
 
65-84
44,169
 
13.44
 
41,606
 
12.46
 
85+
5,413
 
1.65
 
6,620
 
1.98
 
Overall
328,617
 
100
 
333,871
 
100
 
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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. Population estimates for the 11 new Districts (mid-2001 to mid-2012) have now been released as part of the Small Area Population Estimates and are available on NINIS. See NISRA website for further information. However, since both the 2001 and 2011 Censuses reflect the full population adjusted for census under-enumeration, a comparison of the 2001 and 2011 Censuses provide a robust measure of population change over the decade.
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Households
On Census Day 2011 there were 328,763 people (98.47% of the usually resident population) living in 141,567 households, giving an average household size of 2.32. The remaining 5,108 people (1.53%) were living in communal establishments.
 
The table below shows how the household structure of the usually resident population on Census Day has changed between 2001 and 2011.
Table 2: Usual Residents and Households by Household Size, 2001 and 2011 Census
 
Usual Residents
Households
 
2001
2011
2001
2011
Household
Size
Number
%
Number
%
Number
%
Number
%
1
45,870
 
14.22
 
48,377
 
14.71
 
45,870
 
34.37
 
48,377
 
34.17
 
2
74,656
 
23.14
 
85,146
 
25.90
 
37,328
 
27.97
 
42,573
 
30.07
 
3
59,640
 
18.49
 
68,922
 
20.96
 
19,880
 
14.90
 
22,974
 
16.23
 
4
65,976
 
20.45
 
67,788
 
20.62
 
16,494
 
12.36
 
16,947
 
11.97
 
5+
76,424
 
23.69
 
58,530
 
17.80
 
13,889
 
10.41
 
10,696
 
7.56
 
Overall
322,566
 
100
 
328,763
 
100
 
133,461
 
100
 
141,567
 
100
 
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Demography
On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Belfast Local Government District (2014):
 
  • 19.23% were aged under 16 years and 14.44% were aged 65 and over;
  • 48.00% of the usually resident population were male and 52.00% were female; and
  • 35 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 Belfast Local Government District (2014), considering the resident population:
 
  • 3.23% were from an ethnic minority population and the remaining 96.77% were white (including Irish Traveller);
  • 48.82% belong to or were brought up in the Catholic religion and 42.47% belong to or were brought up in a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' religion; and
  • 43.32% indicated that they had a British national identity, 35.10% had an Irish national identity and 26.92% had a Northern Irish national identity*.
 
*Respondents could indicate more than one national identity
 
On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Belfast Local Government District (2014), considering the population aged 3 years old and over:
 
  • 13.45% had some knowledge of Irish;
  • 5.23% had some knowledge of Ulster-Scots; and
  • 4.34% did not have English as their first language.
     
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Health
On Census Day 27th March 2011, in Belfast Local Government District (2014):
 
  • 23.50% of people had a long-term health problem or disability that limited their day-to-day activities;
  • 76.19% of people stated their general health was either good or very good; and
  • 12.28% 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 Belfast Local Government District (2014):
 
  • 53.64% of households were owner occupied and 43.19% were rented;
  • 23.53% of households were owned outright;
  • 11.97% of households were comprised of a single person aged 65+ years;
  • 12.09% were lone parent households with dependent children; and
  • 38.20% of households did not have access to a car or van.
     
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Qualifications
On Census Day 27th March 2011, considering the population aged 16 years old and over:
 
  • 25.56% had a degree or higher qualification; while
  • 41.21% 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:
 
  • 63.84% were economically active, 36.16% were economically inactive;
  • 52.90% were in paid employment; and
  • 5.59% were unemployed, of these 43.56% were long-term unemployed*.
 
*Long-term unemployed are those who stated that they have not worked since 2009 or earlier
 
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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.
 
A NISRA Geography Fact Sheet which includes details on the new district councils is available on the NINIS website, and a Geography Guidance Paper is available on the NISRA website. Static maps of all 11 district councils are also available on NINIS.
Profile last updated January 2014
 
 
Economic and Labour Market Profile for Belfast Local Government District
This page provides information on the economy and labour market for Belfast Local Government District.
 
Click on the themes below to obtain statistics for that subject. The datasets used are shown below each section.
 
     
Labour Market
Employment Rate
 
In 2018, 16-64 (working age) employment rate in Belfast Local Government District was 64.7%. The overall 16-64 employment rate for Northern Ireland was 70.0%.
 
Economic Activity
 
In 2018, it was estimated that 67.3% of those aged 16-64 living in Belfast Local Government District were economically active (either employed or unemployed) and 32.7% were economically inactive (people who are neither in employment nor unemployed). This group includes, for example, all those who were looking after a home or retired, long term sick or disabled.

This compares with
72.8% economically active and 27.2% economically inactive for Northern Ireland.
Qualification Level
 
In 2018, of those persons aged 16-64 in Belfast Local Government District, 39.1% were qualified to Degree level or above (NI Average: 34.9%), whilst 15.9% had 'no qualifications' (NI Average: 14.7%).
 
Weekly Wage
 
At April 2019, the gross full-time median weekly wage for those working in Belfast Local Government District was £575.00 compared with £534.60 for NI.
 
Job Vacancies
 
In 2018/19, there were 16,192 vacancies notified in Belfast Local Government District to Jobs and Benefits Offices, Job Centres and Department for Communities.
 
Steps 2 Success
 
In 2018/19 there were 1,653 starts on the Steps 2 Success programme in Belfast Local Government District.
Business
Business
 
At March 2019, the number of businesses registered for VAT and/or PAYE in Belfast Local Government District was 10,705. Within Belfast Local Government District, 98.8% of businesses were classified as SMEs and 1.2% as large businesses.
 
No. of Businesses
SMEs
10,575
of which: Micro (0 employees)
1,070
Micro (1-9 employees)
7,460
Small (10-49 employees)
1,605
Medium (50-249 employees)
440
Large (250 + employees)
130
Total, all businesses
10,705
*figures/percentages may not sum to total due to rounding.
Employee Jobs
 
In September 2018, the number of employee jobs in Belfast Local Government District was 226,045, which accounted for 30% of employee jobs in NI. Within Belfast Local Government District, 2.4% were in Construction, 92.4% in Services, 4.3% in Manufacturing and 1.0% in other industries.
Redundancies
 
There were 600 confirmed redundancies in Belfast Local Government District during 2018, 24.0% of total redundancies in NI notified to the Department for Economy. Companies are legally required to notify the Department of 20 or more redundancies. As such the total is likely to be an undercount of total job loss.
 
Tourism
Tourism
 
In 2018, the estimated number of trips for all visitors in Belfast Local Government District was 1,693,985 with an associated number of 5,244,269 nights stayed and expenditure of £395.01 million.
Further Information:
 
Further information on Economic and Labour Market Statistics including reports, methodology etc. can be found on the NISRA website.
 
Further Statistics and Interactive Content are available to view under the Business, Economy and Labour Market themes on NINIS.
Profile last updated February 2020
 
 
Age Friendly Profile for Belfast Local Government District (LGD2014)
'An Age-friendly world is a place that enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities. It is a place that treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy to stay connected to those around you and those you love. It is a place that helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages. It is a place that helps those who can no longer look after themselves to live with dignity and enjoyment. Many cities and communities are already taking active steps towards becoming more age-friendly'. (World Health Organization WHO).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has established a global network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities that encourage active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people grow older. The WHO has proposed  eight areas  that can help to identify and address barriers to the well-being and participation of older people. Key statistics on each of these themes are included below. By way of background, demographic and deprivation profiles have also been included for the local council areas.
 
'Northern Ireland is an age friendly region in which people, as they get older, are valued and supported to live actively to their fullest potential; with their rights and dignity protected' (The Executive Office).
 
Further information on an Age-friendly world is available on the WHO website.
 
This page provides useful statistics on the age-friendliness of Belfast Local Government District (LGD2014). An infographic showing some of the key statistics for Belfast LGD2014 is also available.
 
Click on theme titles below to obtain an area profile for that subject. The datasets used are shown below each section.
 
Demography
19.3%
of the population
 
2.1%
of the population
 
75.7 years
 
81.0
years
Age 60+ years (2016)
 
Age 85+ years (2016)
 
Life Expectancy - Males (2011-2013)
 
Life Expectancy - Females (2011-2013)
Population
 
On 30 June 2016, the estimated population of Belfast LGD2014 was 339,579, accounting for 18.2% of the Northern Ireland total.
 
19.3% (65,496 people) of the population of Belfast LGD2014 were aged 60+ years. Of those aged 60+ in Belfast LGD2014, 43.9% (28,760 people) were male and 56.1% (36,736 people) were female.
 
2.1% (7,211 people) of the population of Belfast LGD2014 were aged 85+ years. Of those aged 85+ in Belfast LGD2014, 31.4% (2,262 people) were male and 68.6% (4,949 people) were female.
Projected Population
 
The population of Belfast LGD2014 aged 60+ is expected to rise to 93,710 by 2039. An interactive population pyramid showing population projections by Local Government District (LGD2014) is available to view on NINIS.
 
Deaths
 
There were 12,655 deaths registered for persons aged 65+ years in Northern Ireland in 2015. Of these deaths 27% were to malignant neoplasms, 16% were to respiratory disease and 26% were to circulatory disease.
 
There were 2,586 deaths registered for persons aged 65+ years in Belfast LGD2014 in 2015. Of these deaths 27% were to malignant neoplasms, 17% were to respiratory disease and 25% were to circulatory disease.
 
In 2015, the median age at death was 80 in Belfast LGD2014; the corresponding figure for Northern Ireland was 80 .
 
Life Expectancy
 
Average life expectancy measures the expected years at birth based on the mortality rates of the period in question. In Northern Ireland, life expectancy at birth for males is 78.1 years and 82.4 years for females. In Belfast LGD2014, life expectancy at birth for males is 75.7 years and 81.0 years for females (Calculated using information aggregated from 2011 to 2013).
 
Belfast LGD2014
 
2006-2008
2007-2009
2008-2010
2009-2011
2010-2012
2011-2013
Life Expectancy - Males (years)
74.1
74.3
74.7
75.3
75.4
75.7
Life Expectancy - Females (years)
80.0
80.0
80.2
80.5
80.7
81.0
 
Excess Winter Deaths
 
In the winter period (December to March) of 2014/15 there were an extra 873 deaths in Northern Ireland, compared to the average for the non-winter periods (previous August to November and the following April to July). The majority (83%) of these deaths were among older people aged aged 75 years and over. Of the 873 deaths, 172 were registered in Belfast LGD2014.
 
The Excess Winter Mortality Index for Belfast LGD2014 was 16.0 compared with 18.0 for Northern Ireland (the number of excess winter deaths divided by the average non-winter deaths expressed as a percentage).
 
Belfast LGD2014
 
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
Excess Winter Deaths
165
185
125
70
144
171.5
Excess Winter Mortality Index
17.7
19.5
12.1
6.9
15.7
16
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Deprivation
Deprivation - NIMDM 2010

The Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010 (NIMDM 2010) report was published in May 2010. The report identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across Northern Ireland.

Ten measures are presented at the Super Output Area (SOA) level: The Multiple Deprivation Measure, seven domains of deprivation and two supplementary income measures for older people and children.

Income Deprivation affecting Older People
 
The Income Deprivation Affecting Older People (IDAOP) counts those aged 60+ living in income deprived households. Within Belfast LGD2014 the most deprived Super Output Area based on the IDAOP measure is Ardoyne 3, where 95% of older people were income deprived (ranked 2 out of 890 in NI). The least deprived Super Output Area based on the IDAOP measure is Upper Malone 1, where 4% of older people are income deprived (ranked 888 out of 890 in NI).
 
*1 is the most deprived SOA in Nothern Ireland and 890 the least deprived.
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Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
The outside environment and public buildings have a major impact on the mobility, independence and quality of life of older people.
 
Living Environment Deprivation - Outdoor Physical Environment
 
The Northern Ireland Deprivation Measure 2010 Living Environment Domain - the purpose of this domain is to identify small areas experiencing deprivation in terms of the quality of housing, access to suitable housing and the outdoor physical environment. It comprises three separate sub-domains measuring each of these.

Within
Belfast LGD2014 the most deprived Super Output Area based on the outdoor physical environment sub-domain measure is Woodstock 3 (ranked 1 out of 890 in NI) and the least deprived Super Output Area is Stormont 1 (ranked 572 out of 890 in NI).
 
*1 is the most deprived SOA in Nothern Ireland and 890 the least deprived.
Outdoor Spaces
 
Having green spaces is one of the most commonly mentioned age-friendly features. For its small area, Northern Ireland has a great variety of scenic countryside and although there are no National Parks, large areas of landscape of distinctive character and special scenic value have been designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This designation is designed to protect and enhance the qualities of each area and to promote their enjoyment by the public.
 
There are 8 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northern Ireland as well as Northern Ireland Environment Agency Country Parks and nature reserves.  The boundaries of each AONB within local government district areas can be viewed here.
 
The WHO Outdoor Space and Buildings guide highlights that Services are clustered, located in close proximity to where older people live and can be easily accessed. Locational data including credit unions, dental surgeries, indoor bowling, pharmacies, shopping centres and visitor attractions are available to view on NINIS.
Outdoor Safety

Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) aim to make our community safer by focusing on the policing and community safety issues that matter most in each local council area. Recorded Crime statistics are available on NINIS and show there were 33,192 recorded crime offences in Belfast LGD2014 during 2016/17, which accounted for 33.8% of recorded crime offences in Northern Ireland. An interactive map showing Recorded Crime is available to view on NINIS.
 
‘Violence Against the Person’ offences, where victims are 60+ years old are shown in the table below.
 
Recorded Crime – Victim aged 60+, Local Government District 2014
 
Belfast LGD2014
Financial Year
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
Violence against the Person
211
238
334
357
388
Burglary
363
411
415
518
324
Non Vehicle Theft
499
502
540
537
512
Criminal Damage
553
544
503
521
453
Other Offences
225
247
225
211
201
Total
1851
1942
2017
2144
1878
In 2015/16, 4% of respondents to the Northern Ireland Crime Survey aged 60 and over stated that they were very worried about crime with 74% stating that ‘fear of crime’ has a minimal affect on their life. 7% of respondents in this age group felt unsafe walking alone in their area at night.
Financial Year
Northern Ireland
Percentage of older people (aged 60+) who:
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
are very worried about crime ($%)
8.4
8.5
7.2
6.8
6.0
4.4
state ‘fear of crime’ has a minimal affect on their quality of life (%)
68.0
64.2
70.2
70.6
67.5
73.6
Feel very unsafe walking alone in their area after dark (%)
13.1
11.9
10.6
10.7
10.1
7.3
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Transportation
Transportation, including accessible and affordable public transport, is a key factor influencing active ageing. It is a theme running through many other age-friendly topics. In particular, being able to move about the community determines social and civic participation and access to community and health services.
58%
 
19
Persons aged 65+ years living in households with access to Car or Van (2011)
 
Persons aged 60+ years killed or seriously injured in Road Traffic Collisions (2016)
Public Transport
 
Concessionary fare scheme 'SmartPass' - Free travel is available to all senior citizens who are 60 years of age or over and who are resident in Northern Ireland. In 2016/17 312,593 smartpasses were held by older people. You can travel anywhere in Northern Ireland on any Translink bus or rail service completely free of charge. You can also enjoy free cross border rail travel. Locational data for bus and rail stations can be accessed via the People and Places theme on NINIS.
 
In Northern Ireland, Dept for Infrastructure (DfI) report that there were 1,361 buses used in 2016/17 as public service vehicles of which 1,079 have an accessibility certificate or low floor access.
 
The Travel Survey 2013-2015 reports that the car is the main mode of transport for those aged 60+ with 63% of journeys made as a car driver for males and 47% for females. In the same period only 3% of journeys were made by Metro and Ulsterbus for males aged 60+ and 4% of journeys by females.
Private Transport'
 
On Census day 2011, there were 45,945 people aged 65+ years in Belfast LGD2014 living in households. 58% of these lived in households with access to a car or van.
 
The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland reports that 36% of adults aged 60+ have difficulty with travel due to physical disability or long-standing health problem.
Road Safety
 
The total number of reported road traffic collision casualties for persons aged 60+ in Northern Ireland in 2016 was 1,169. Of these 168 were killed/seriously injured and a further 1,001 were slightly injured.
 
The total number of reported road traffic collision casualties for persons aged 60+ in Belfast LGD2014 in 2016 was 222. Of these 19 were killed/seriously injured and 203 were slightly injured.
 
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Housing
Housing is essential to safety and well-being. There is a link between appropriate housing and access to community and social services in influencing the independence and quality of life of older people.
 
Households
 
In Northern Ireland on Census day 2011, there were 263,720 people aged 65+ years. Of these, 96% lived in a household and 4% lived in communal establishments. On Census day 2011, there were 48,226 people aged 65+ years living in Belfast LGD2014; 95% lived in a household and 5% lived in communal establishments.
 
Of those 45,945 people aged 65+ years living in households in Belfast LGD2014, 68% lived in households that were owner occupied, 24% in households that were social rented, 4% in households that were private rented and 4% were living rent free. Comparative figures for Northern Ireland (people aged 65+ years) are 77% lived in households that were owner occupied, 14% in households that were social rented, 5% in households that were private rented and 4% were living rent free.
 
On Census day 2011, 16,946 households in Belfast LGD2014 were one person households where the resident was aged 65+ years. 7,758 households were one family houses where all people were aged 65+ years and 687 households were other household types where all residents were aged 65+ years.
 
Sufficient/Adequate Housing
 
Data from the Nothern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) show that in March 2014, 5,909 applicants aged 60+ years were on the waiting list for housing in Northern Ireland and of these 3,499 (59.2%) were in housing stress.
 
A key objective of the NIHE House Condition Survey (HCS) 2011 was to provide a comprehensive picture of the dwelling stock and its condition in 2011 for NI and each of the 26 District Councils. This survey estimated that 42.0% of households in NI were in fuel poverty. For households where the Household Reference Person (HRP) was aged 60-74 years, 52.0% of households were in fuel poverty rising to 66.3% where the Household Reference Person was aged 75+ years.
 
Note - The definition of a fuel poor household is one needing to spend in excess of 10 per cent of its household income on all fuel use to achieve a satisfactory standard of warmth (21oC in the main living area and 18oC in other occupied rooms; World Health Organisation). Fuel Poverty assesses the ability to meet all domestic energy costs including space and water heating, cooking, lights and appliances.
 
Living Environment Deprivation - Housing Access and Housing Quality
 
The Northern Ireland Deprivation Measure 2010 Living Environment Domain - the purpose of this domain is to identify small areas experiencing deprivation in terms of the quality of housing, access to suitable housing and the outdoor physical environment. It comprises three separate sub-domains measuring these.
 
Within Belfast LGD2014 the most deprived Super Output Area based on the housing quality sub-domain measure is Botanic 1 (ranked 26 out of 890 in NI) and the least deprived Super Output Area is Twinbrook 2 (ranked 889 out of 890 in NI).
 
Within Belfast LGD2014 the most deprived Super Output Area based on the housing access sub-domain measure is Duncairn 1 (ranked 1 out of 890 in NI) and the least deprived Super Output Area is Stranmillis 2 (ranked 876 out of 890 in NI).
 
*1 is the most deprived SOA in Nothern Ireland and 890 the least deprived.
 
Affordable Housing
 
The Standardised Price of Residential Properties sold between April and June 2017 (Q2 2017) for Belfast LGD2014 was £120,351. The standardised price across Northern Ireland in Q2 2017 ranged from £109,939 in Derry and Strabane district to £154,704 in Lisburn and Castlereagh district. Standardised prices and a price index for each LGD2014 can be found in the Northern Ireland Residential Property Price Index detailed statistics.
 
In 2013/14, the Disabled Facilities Grant, to improve the home of a person with a disability, was approved for 658 applicants aged 60 or over in Northern Ireland.
Note: This grant is to help to improve the home of a person with a disability, and may be based on the recommendation of an occupational therapist.
 
At June 2016, there were 12,030 Housing Benefit claimants aged 50-64 years and 9,270 Housing Benefit claimants aged 65+ years in Belfast LGD2014. An interactive map of Housing Benefit is available to view on NINIS.
 
Adaptation of Accomodation
On Census day 2011, there were 45,945 people aged 65+ years in Belfast LGD2014 living in households:
  • 6.7% lived in households that had been adapted or designed for wheelchair use (NI: 7.1%)
  • 0.7% lived in households that had been adapted or designed for visual difficulties (NI: 0.5%)
  • 1.9% lived in households that had been adapted or designed for hearing difficulties (NI: 1.2%)
  • 16.8% lived in households that had been adapted or designed for other physical or mobility issues (NI: 12.4%)
  • 0.6% lived in households that had been adapted or designed for other circumstances (NI: 0.4%); and
  • 77.5% lived in households that had no adaptation (NI: 81.5%)
     
Note - Household accommodation that has been adapted or designed for one or more of the following; wheelchair, visual, hearing, other physical or mobility difficulties - Percentages may not sum to 100% as there may be more than one type of adaptation per household.
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Social Participation
Social participation and social support are strongly connected to good health and well-being throughout life. Participating in leisure, social, cultural and spiritual activities in the community, as well as with the family, allows older people to continue to exercise their competence, to enjoy respect and esteem, and to maintain or establish supportive and caring relationships.

Events and Activities
 
The Department for Communities (DfC) is responsible for questions included on the Continuous Household Survey on engagement in culture, arts and sport. Analysis of these questions for 2015/16 shows that of those aged 60 and over, there were:
 
 
  • 28% who participated in sport;
  • 29% who participated in arts activities;
  • 59% who attended arts events;
  • 20% who used the public library service; and
  • 35% who visited a museum or science centre
    all during the year prior to being asked.
 
The factors which appear consistently as having the most influence on an older persons engagement across the culture, arts and leisure areas are their level of educational attainment, i.e. having a degree or higher qualification; their socio-economic classification, i.e. classified as being in managerial and professional occupations; and their use of the internet.
Marriages
 
There were 1,410 marriages registered in Belfast LGD2014 in 2015. Analysis by age shows that 37 males and 14 females aged 60+ years were married in Belfast LGD2014 in 2015. An interactive map of Marriages by age and sex is available to view on NINIS.
 
Marital Status
 
On Census day 2011, there were 48,226 people aged 65+ years living in Belfast LGD2014. 10.7% of these were single, 46.9% were married or in a same sex civil partnership and 42.5% were widowed or surviving partner of a same sex civil partnership/separated/divorced or formerly in a same-sex civil partnership which is now legally dissolved.
Sources/Datasets used: Older people and engagement in culture, arts and leisure 2015, DfC; Marriages by age and sex (administrative geographies), Marriages by age and sex Interactive Map, NISRA Demographic Statistics; Marital and Civil Partnership Status by Age CT0105NI, NISRA Census Office
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Respect and Social Inclusion
The respect and social inclusion of older people depend on more than societal change: factors such as culture, gender, health status and economic status play a large role. The extent to which older people participate in the social, civic and economic life of the community is also closely linked to their experience of inclusion.
 
Respect
 
When respondents of the 2014 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey were asked if they think that older people are, on the whole, treated better or worse than people in the general population because of their age, NILT respondents had mixed views. One fifth of people (22%) thought that older people are treated better than others. Similar proportions thought that older people are treated the same as (36%), or worse than (37%), the general population. People aged 75 years or over were the group most likely to think that older people are treated better (28%) than others. Nearly four out of ten respondents (37%) thought that, as they get older, they find that people treat them with more respect. A similar proportion (39%) said that people treated them about the same, whilst around one in five (22%) thought that people treated them with less respect.
 
Social Inclusion
 
On Census day 2011, 16,946 households in Belfast LGD2014 were one person households where the resident was aged 65+ years.
 
AgeNI is the leading charity for older people in Northern Ireland. Age NI has helped build an infrastructure of 11 Networks bringing together older people’s groups across NI to strengthen the regional voice of older people and support them to influence important decisions on local policy and services. More information on the 11 sub-regional networks can be found on the AgeNI Website
 
The Executive Office involved older people and their representative groups in the development and implementation of the Active Ageing Strategy and Action Plan.
 
The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament was launched in 2011 and allows older people from across Northern Ireland to have their say on the issues that matter to them. The parliament reaches out to give older people a chance to make their voice heard on issues that affect them and also provides a vehicle to make older people more aware of key information and practical advice on support services in their own areas, including information on health, benefits, transport and community safety. Over 1,100 NI Pensioners Parliament surveys were completed between January and April 2014. The results of the survey in each county set the agenda for the discussion and expert panels at each local parliament. Almost 500 pensioners attended the seven local parliaments which were held across Northern Ireland between February and April 2014. There was a parliament held in each county and an additional one in Belfast. The host towns and cities for 2014 were Belfast, Enniskillen, Newry, Larne, Craigavon, Magherafelt and Omagh.
 
2015 saw a new development for the Parliament - the hosting of themed parliaments on specific topics. These allowed for more in-depth discussion and debate on one exclusive topic.
 
In 2016, surveys conducted at local parliaments raised the following concerns by older people:
  • Access to Health and Social Care 69.3%
  • Transport 50.6%
  • Keeping Warm in winter/Energy prices 49.3%
  • Fear of Crime 48.2%
 
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Civic Participation and Employment
Older people do not stop contributing to their communities on retirement. Many continue to provide unpaid and voluntary work for their families and communities. In some areas, economic circumstances force older people to take paid work long after they should have retired. An age-friendly community provides options for older people to continue to contribute to their communities, through paid employment or voluntary work if they so choose, and to be engaged in the political process.
Civic Participation

Carer's Allowance is a benefit for people who care for someone with a severe disability.
1,780 males and 2,040 females aged 65+ years living in Belfast LGD2014 claimed Carers Allowance in 2016.
 
In 2011, 9.6% of those aged 65+ years in Belfast LGD2014 undertook voluntary work without pay. The corresponding figure for those aged 65+ years in Northern Ireland was 10.7%.
 
In 2011, 12.6% of those aged 65+ years in Belfast LGD2014 provided unpaid care. The corresponding figure for those aged 65+ years in Northern Ireland was 12.3%.
 
Training and Employment
 
In 2016/17 there were a total of 114 teachers aged over 60 in Belfast accounting for 2.8% of all teachers in Belfast.
 
In the 2015/16 academic year, there were 715 enrolments aged 60+ years from Belfast LGD2014 at UK Higher Education Institutions. In the same year, there were 418 enrolments for those aged 60+ years from Belfast LGD2014 on a regulated course in Northern Ireland Further Education Institutions.
 
There were a total of 36 starts on the Steps to Success employment programme between October and December 2014 for participants aged 60+ years in Belfast LGD2014 on the programme.
 
Note the Steps 2 Success programme was introduced across Northern Ireland on 20 October 2014. It replaced the Steps to Work programme which stopped taking referrals on 30th May 2014. For further information see the DEL website.
 
On Census Day 2011, 6.4% (3,069) of those aged 65 + years in Belfast LGD2014 were economically active and 93.6% (45,157) economically inactive. Of those who were economically active , 1,156 work full-time, 1,140 work part-time, 680 were self-employed and 93 were unemployed.
 
Of the 1,329 NICS staff who were aged 60+, 197 had a home address of Belfast LGD2014 and 604 worked in a Belfast LGD2014 location.
Qualifications
 
In Belfast LGD2014 on Census day 2011, there were 48,226 people aged 65+ years. Of these, 13.7% had achieved Level 4 or higher qualifications, while 64.8% had no qualifications. In Northern Ireland, 63.7% of people aged 65+ years had no qualifications.
 
Benefits
 
In February 2016, 50,490 people living in Belfast LGD2014 were claiming retirement pension, 20,370 males aged 65+ and 30,110 females aged 60+. An interactive map showing Retirement Pension data is available to view on NINIS. In the same year 16,780 living in Belfast LGD2014 received pension credit.
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Communication and Information
Staying connected with events and people and getting timely, practical information to manage life and meet personal needs is vital for active ageing.
51.0%
Persons aged 65+ who had never accessed the Internet (2016)
Access to the Internet
 
Libraries have access to computers and the Internet for free or at very cheap rates. Locational information on libraries is available to view on NINIS. LibrariesNI, in partnership with Business in the Community, NI Direct Digital Inclusion Unit of the Department of Finance and Personnel, hold free annual IT taster sessions for the over 50s in a number of selected libraries across Northern Ireland on Silver Surfers' Day. This covers creating an e-mail account, using e-mail and browsing the internet.
 
There are 98 libraries in Northern Ireland - 18 of these are located in Belfast LGD2014.
 
Figures from the Labour Force Survey from January-December 2016 , reveal that 51% of people aged 65 years and over living in Belfast LGD2014 have never accessed the Internet. This compares to a Northern Ireland figure of 53%.
Sources/Datasets used: Library Locations, LibrariesNI; Internet Use by age and council area (administrative geographies), NISRA Economic & Labour Market Statistics
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Community and Health Services
Health and support services are vital to maintaining health and independence in the community.
23.4%
 
44.7%
 
32.1%
 
23.0%
Long-term deafness or partial hearing loss: 65+ years (2011)
 
Long-term mobility or dexterity difficulty: 65+ years) (2011)
 
Long-term pain or discomfort: 65+ years (2011)
 
Long-term shortness of breath or difficulty breathing: 65+ years (2011)
Community Care

In
Northern Ireland, 1,945 people aged 65+ received a meals service in 2016.

In 2016, there were 194 residential homes in
Northern Ireland and on average there were 1,125 statutory and 2,980 independent places available (does not include residential places in nursing homes).
In 2016, there were 257 nursing homes in Northern Ireland and on average there were 25 statutory places, 5,916 independent places and 4,751 dual registered places available (includes dual registered homes but refers to nursing places only).
 
The number of clients receiving intensive domiciliary care in the Northern Ireland in 2016 was 8,752 with 82% of these aged 65 years and over.
Note: Intensive domiciliary is defined as 6 or more visits and more than 10 contact hours, as recorded during the survey week.
 
Health Services
 
In 2016/17 there were 429,029 people registered with a GP Practice (QOF Framework) in Belfast LGD2014. The list size for those aged 50+ years in Belfast LGD2014 was 139,827.
 
Some of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) registers are for diseases that tend to affect an older population. There were 3,005 people on the Dementia Register (all ages) and 1,115 people on the Osteoporosis Register (aged 50+ years) living in Belfast LGD2014.
 
Locational data on GP surgeries, Dentists, Opticians and fitness centres is available to view on NINIS.
General Health
 
On Census Day 2011, there were 48,226 people aged 65+ years living in Belfast LGD2014. 40.0% stated they had very good or good health, 40.5% had fair health and the remaining 19.5% had bad or very bad health.
 
36,784 (76.3%) of those aged 65+ years were living with a long-term health condition:
  • 11,281 (23.4%) had deafness or partial hearing loss
  • 3,982 (8.3%) had blindness or partial sight loss
  • 1,733 (3.6%) had a communication difficulty
  • 21,540 (44.7%) had a mobility or dexterity difficulty
  • 650 (1.3%) had a learning, intellectual, social or behavioural difficulty
  • 3,310 (6.9%) had an emotional, pychological or mental health condition
  • 15,486 (32.1%) had long-term pain or discomfort
  • 11,084 (23.0%) had shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • 4,390 (9.1%) had frequent periods of confusion or memory loss
  • 11,617 (24.1%) had a chronic illness
  • 5,117 (10.6%) had other conditions
 
Note - Percentages may not sum to 100% as a person may have more than one condition.
 
Of the 45,945 people aged 65+ years living in households in Belfast LGD2014, 40.2% said that their day-to-day activites were limited a lot, 23.7% a little and 36.1% were not limited.
 
Health Survey
 
  • The 2015/16 Health Survey for Northern Ireland revealed that 41% of those aged 65-74 in Northern Ireland were overweight, a further 29% were obese. For those aged 75+ years, 43% were overweight, with a further 25% obese.
  • 16% of males and 14% of females aged 60+ years in Northern Ireland were smokers.
  • In 2013/14 over half (53%) of respondents aged 65-74 years in Northern Ireland undertook less than 30 mins of exercise per day. This rose to almost three quarters (74%) of those aged 75+ years.
  • 16% of males and 8% of females aged 65-74 years in Northern Ireland drank above recommended weekly limits. For those aged 75 and over 11% of males and 3% of females drank above recommended weekly limits.
 
Proximity to Services
 
The Northern Ireland Deprivation Measure 2010 Proximity to Services Domain - the purpose of this domain is to measure the extent to which people have poor geographical access to key services, including statutory and general services. The average time in minutes to travel to a service from a given Output Area was calculated and results are available on NINIS. The summary table below shows that the maximum time to travel to a service from an Output Area was between three and 10 minutes for key health services.

Within
Belfast LGD2014 the most deprived Output Area (OA) based on the proximity to services domain measure is 95SS090007 within Drumbo 1 SOA (ranked 946 out of 5,022 in NI) and the least deprived Output Area is 95GG190004 within Crumlin 1 (Belfast Lgd) SOA (ranked 5021 out of 5,022 in NI).
 
*1 is the most deprived OA in Nothern Ireland and 5,022 the least deprived.
 
 
 
Travel Time to:
 
Max travel time for Output Areas within Belfast LGD2014(minutes)
 
Min travel time for Output Areas Belfast LGD2014 (minutes)
 
GP premises
4.19
0.1
Accident and Emergency hospital
13.72
0.16
Dentist
4.28
0.1
Pharmacist
3.67
0.09
Optician
8.23
0.09
Health Related Benefits
 
There were 8,960 Attendance Allowance recipients aged 65+ years in Belfast LGD2014 in 2016. Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit paid to people, aged 65+ years, who need help with their personal care because of an illness or disability. An interactive map showing Attendance Allowance data is available to view on NINIS.
 
There were 48,240 Disability Living Allowance recipients in Belfast LGD2014. An interactive map showing Disability Living Allowance data is available to view on NINIS.
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Profile last updated September 2017
 
 
Making Life Better Profile for the Belfast Local Government District
"Making Life Better" is the strategic framework for public health. It is designed to provide direction for
policies and actions to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland and to reduce
inequalities in health.

It builds on the former public health strategy "Investing for Health" and takes account of consultation feedback on the draft framework "Fit and Well – Changing Lives" and a number of other key reports and evidence.
 
This page provides information on the health and wellbeing of residents in the Belfast Local Government District. Click on the blue tabs at the top to see area profiles for other geographical levels. Health and wellbeing indicators have been grouped according to the Making Life Better Framework's Themes, with Headline Indicators in Green and other relevant data in Blue.
 
Further information can be found within the Making Life Better Strategic Framework Document and the First Progress Report 2014/15, published by the Department of Health (DoH). Further information and statistics on health inequalities in Northern Ireland can be found on the DoH website.
 
Further information is available on the defintions of the data used in this area profile.
Demographic Profile
The estimated population of Belfast LGD at 30 June 2018 was 341,877, which accounts for 18.2% of the Northern Ireland Population. Within Belfast LGD, 19.9% were aged under 16 years and 14.6% were aged 65 and over.
 
Between 2008 and 2018 the population of Belfast LGD increased by 11,825 people or 3.6%.
Belfast (LGD), 2018
 
Age
 
0-4
5-10
11-15
16-25
26-39
40-64
65-74
75-84
85+
All
Population
22,047
26,863
19,113
50,933
71,580
101,263
25,849
16,962
7,267
341,877
% of Population
6.4
7.9
5.6
14.9
20.9
29.6
7.6
5.0
2.1
100
Northern Ireland, 2018
 
Age
 
0-4
5-10
11-15
16-25
26-39
40-64
65-74
75-84
85+
All
Population
121,736
155,125
116,649
231,110
348,403
600,421
169,725
100,752
37,720
1,881,641
% of Population
6.5
8.2
6.2
12.3
18.5
31.9
9.0
5.4
2.0
100
 
Age
 
0-4
5-10
11-15
16-25
26-39
40-64
65-74
75-84
85+
All
2008
20,576
22,806
21,700
56,897
65,691
94,595
24,092
17,455
6,240
330,052
2009
21,186
22,375
21,218
56,509
66,961
95,637
24,309
17,236
6,332
331,763
2010
21,840
21,865
20,905
56,317
67,696
96,756
24,496
17,118
6,496
333,489
2011
22,635
21,820
20,425
55,183
67,724
97,716
24,591
17,124
6,677
333,895
2012
23,331
22,249
19,824
54,056
68,069
97,967
24,682
17,083
6,701
333,962
2013
23,435
23,217
19,131
53,684
68,246
98,654
24,964
17,045
6,757
335,133
2014
23,337
24,181
18,666
53,315
68,679
99,488
24,970
17,212
6,982
336,830
2015
23,332
24,794
18,455
53,695
69,247
100,076
25,264
16,952
7,092
338,907
2016
22,984
25,646
18,323
53,395
69,385
100,339
25,609
16,687
7,211
339,579
2017
22,474
26,515
18,523
51,708
70,202
100,951
25,751
16,833
7,263
340,220
2018
22,047
26,863
19,113
50,933
71,580
101,263
25,849
16,962
7,267
341,877
2017-2018
Population Change %
-1.9
1.3
3.2
-1.5
2.0
0.3
0.4
0.8
0.1
0.5
2008-2018
Population Change %
7.1
17.8
-11.9
-10.5
9.0
7.0
7.3
-2.8
16.5
3.6
Population Projections (2016-based)
 
The population of Belfast LGD is projected to increase to 347,371 by mid 2028.
 
Age
 
0-4
5-10
11-15
16-25
26-39
40-64
65-74
75-84
85+
All
Population
20,884
25,052
21,368
53,412
64,052
102,934
32,623
19,030
8,016
347,371
% of Population
6.0
7.2
6.2
15.4
18.4
29.6
9.4
5.5
2.3
100
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Key Overarching Indicators
Average life expectancy measures the expected years of life at birth based on the mortality rates of the period in question.
       
  • Life expectancy for males in Northern Ireland for 2015-2017 was 78.5 years, and for females is 82.3 years. Life expectancy for males in Belfast LGD for 2015-2017 was 75.8 years, and for females is 81.0 years.
NI
2015-2017
78.5
82.3
 
Belfast LGD
 
2011-2013
2012-2014
2013-2015
2014-2016
2015-2017
Life Expectancy - Males
75.7
75.9
75.9
76.0
75.8
Life Expectancy - Females
80.8
81.1
81.0
81.1
81.0
 
Belfast LGD
 
2007-2011
2008-2012
2009-2013
2010-2014
2011-2015
2012-2016
2013-2017
Standardised Death Rate - All causes
1,230.1
1,218.2
1,189.9
1,164.8
1,167.6
1,163.5
1,150.7
Standardised Death Rate - Amenable
193.4
186.0
178.7
169.8
167.4
166.9
161.2
Standardised Death Rate - Preventable
314.6
305.7
295.9
284.5
284.0
275.1
276.4
Standardised Death Rate - Avoidable
374.8
364.1
351.4
336.9
334.3
325.6
324.6
NI
2013-2017
1,031.7
123.9
207.1
243.8
 
Belfast LGD
 
2008-2012
2009-2013
2010-2014
2011-2015
2012-2016
2013-2017
Standardised Death Rate - Cancer U75
195.2
191.4
194.5
190.9
188.4
184.2
Standardised Death Rate - Circulatory U75
120.7
112.7
105.0
102.6
98.9
96.1
Standardised Death Rate - Respiratory U75
51.5
52.5
50.3
49.9
48.1
48.8
NI
2013-2017
149.2
73.8
34.1
 
Belfast LGD
 
2010-2012
2011-2013
2012-2014
2013-2015
2014-2016
2015-2017
Potential Years of Life Lost - Males
14.1
13.9
13.6
13.5
13.2
13.7
Potential Years of Life Lost - Females
9.2
8.9
8.6
8.9
8.7
8.9
NI
2015-2017
10.1
7.3
 
Belfast LGD
 
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
No. of Deaths
3,028
3,032
3,185
3,060
2,997
3,267
3,112
3,166
Deaths due to Malignant Neoplasms (%)
28.9
29.4
28.4
29.0
30.4
27.7
28.7
27.0
Deaths due to Circulatory Diseases (%)
29.1
25.8
25.1
24.5
23.4
23.1
22.8
22.1
Deaths due to Respiratory Diseases (%)
13.5
13.6
14.5
15.3
14.7
14.6
12.9
14.0
Deaths due to External Causes (%)
6.5
6.8
5.4
5.8
4.7
6.3
5.6
7.2
Deaths due to Suicide(%)
2.6
3.0
2.5
2.6
2.0
3.1
2.5
2.8
NI
2017
16,036
27.8
23.6
13.4
5.9
1.9
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Theme 1: Giving Every Child the Best Start
Key long term outcomes:
Good quality parenting and family support
Health and confident children and young people
Children and young people skilled for life
  • The infant mortality rate is the number of children dying before their first birthday per 1,000 live births. Over the period 2013-2017, the infant mortality rate in Belfast LGD was 5.1 compared with 4.6 in Northern Ireland.
     
  • In 2017, 20.2% of expectant mothers in Belfast LGD smoked during pregnancy compared to 13.8% in Northern Ireland.
     
  • In 2017, 42.9% of mothers in Belfast LGD discharged from hospital were breastfeeding, including those partially breastfeeding and those breastfeeding only. This compared with 47.7% overall in Northern Ireland.
     
  • In 2012/13 Academic Year, 71.8% of primary pupils in Belfast LGD achieved level 4 or above in Communication in English, while 73.6% achieved level 4 or above in Mathematics. The comparative figures for Northern Ireland are 77.1% achieved level 4 or above in Communication in English and 78.5% achieving level 4 or above in Mathematics*.
     
    *Updated data not available due to low response rate as result of industrial action.
     
  • In 2016/17 Academic Year, 63.3% of school leavers in Belfast LGD achieved at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C or equivalent, including GCSE English and Maths. This compared with 69.6% overall in Northern Ireland.
 
Belfast LGD
 
2007-2011*
2008-2012
2009-2013
2010-2014
2011-2015
2012-2016
2013-2017
Infant Mortality Rate
5.2
4.8
4.7
4.4
4.7
4.9
5.1
NI
2013-2017
4.6
 
Belfast LGD
 
2011
2012*
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Smoking During Pregnancy (%)
24.6
24.2
22.5
21.4
20.6
18.9
20.2
Breast feeding on discharge (%)
41.6
39.0
41.3
43.8
43.2
42.7
42.9
NI
2017
13.8
47.7
NI
2016/17
69.6
 
Belfast LGD
Academic Year
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
School Leavers achieving at least 5 GCSE at A*-C inc. English and Maths (%)
54.8
57.7
60.2
61.5
63.3
 
Belfast LGD
 
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
No. of Births
4,757
4,831
4,915
4,719
4,619
4,584
4,593
4,188
Birth Rate (per 1,000 females aged 15-44)
62.0
63.4
65.1
62.9
61.8
61.3
61.8
56.8
Childhood Deaths (age 1-15)
8
9
11
5
6
5
5
11
NI
2017
23,075
64.0
48
 
Belfast LGD
 
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
No. of Births
4,757
4,831
4,915
4,719
4,619
4,584
4,593
4,188
Still Birth Rate (per 1,000 live and still births)
3.4
3.3
4.7
5.1
4.7
3.7
4.1
5.7
Infant Death Rate (per 1,000 live births)
5.2
3.3
3.9
5.7
4.3
6.7
4.1
5.0
NI
2017
23,075
4.4
3.8
 
Belfast LGD
 
2009-2011
2010-2012