Disability Profile - Waterford

Issued on October 9 2018

Disability Profile: County Waterford[1]


14% of the population of Waterford, or 16,675 people have at least one disability.


Their age profile is:

0-14                  1377

15 – 24              1343

25 – 44              3062

45 – 64              4860

65+                   6033

Type of Disability

People in Waterford reported having the following types of disabilities and conditions:

A difficulty with pain, breathing, or any other chronic illness or condition


Difficulties with basic physical activities


Learning difficulty


Mental health


Deafness or serious hearing impairment


Intellectual disability


Blindness or a serious vision impairment



In 2016, only 12% of people who have a disability were in education compared to 18% of the general population in Waterford.[3] For those whose education had finished:[4]

  • 30% did not progress beyond primary education compared to 14% of the general population.
  • Only 17% had completed upper secondary compared to 20% of the general population.
  • Only 13% had completed further education compared to 17% of the general population.
  • Only 17% had completed higher level education compared to 31% of the general population.


  • 20% of people who have a disability were at work compared to 50% of the general population.


  • 25% of people who have a disability did not have access to a car or van compared to 12% of the general population.


  • 18% of people who have a disability lived in social housing compared to 12% of the general population.[5]


[1] All statistics in this infographic are based on Census 2016 data from www.cso.ie.

[2] Primary and less includes no formal education, further education includes vocational/technical certificate and advanced certificate/ completed apprenticeship, higher education includes Higher Certificate, Ordinary/Honours Bachelor, Postgraduate Diploma/Degree, and Doctorate. Data based on special tabulation from CSO and Statbank.

[3] % of total education ceased and not ceased, and for people aged 15 years and over.

[4] Data is for highest level of education completed for people with a disability whose education has ceased.

[5] People aged 15 years and over, who were renting from a Local Authority or a Voluntary Body.