Preliminary Census Data Published

The Central Statistics Office has published provisional results of the 2016 Census of Population, which was taken on the night of Sunday, 24 April 2016. The provisional results cover a number of key areas, including population growth, number of households and vacant housing stock. Further detailed results will be issued by the CSO over the coming months.

The preliminary national population results show 4,757,976 persons in the state, compared with 4,588,252 persons in April 2011. This is an increase of 3.7% (or average annual increase of 0.7%). Whilst this is significant growth it is at a slower rate than the previous inter-censal period of 2006-2011, which averaged 1.6% annually.

The figures show that the cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford have all grown faster than their counties. For example, Galway City population has increased by 5.3%, whereas the Galway County area increased by 2.2%. Galway City’s population is now 79,504, with Cork City at 125,622 and Limerick at 58, 319. The most populous urban local authority area is Dublin City at 553,165 and the least populous county is Leitrim with 31,972. Seven of the ten fastest growing areas (EDs) are located in Dublin.

Total housing stock increased by 18,981 units from 2011 and 2016, to a total stock of 2,022,895 The number of vacant dwellings fell by 31,698, although there remain relatively high vacancy rates along the western seaboard, with Leitrim having nearly 30% vacancy rate of all housing units.  

The preliminary results can be found on the CSO website at:


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