In 2019, one in 12 (8.4%) of rural households said they had great difficulty in accessing a shop that sells groceries, while a further 19.7% said they had some difficulty.
Between 2011 and 2019, respondents were asked about their self-perceived ease in accessing local services.
“The proportion of rural households with great difficulty accessing public transport increased from 23.4% in 2011 to 27.9% in 2019, whereas the proportion for urban households remained the same in 2011 and 2019, at 3% both years,” the CSO said.
In 2019, 11.3% of rural households said they had great difficulty accessing primary health care services [such as a GP, a primary health centre, a casualty department or similar, where first-aid treatment could be received], compared with 2.4% of urban households.
“The proportion of rural households having great difficulty access to a bank increased from 9.8% in 2011 to 15.5% in 2019, the corresponding figure for urban households was 2.5% in 2011 and 2.7% in 2019.”
Crime, noise and environmental problems
The number of households that said they had problems with crime, violence or vandalism in their locality fell from 16.1% in 2006 to 8.2% in 2019. This was higher for urban households, with the figure at 10.2% in 2019, compared with 4% in rural areas.
In 2019, 6% of households said they had problems with pollution, grime or other environmental problems caused by traffic or industry in their local area, compared with 9% in 2004.