Census Facts For 2016 By Alan Finn.
The 2016 Census results for Ireland show that the amount of people living here has rose by 169, 724 or 3.7 % since the 2011 Census.
The actual figure for the whole population is 4,757,976. The change in population has come right across the board.
While in some cases in Dublin, example “Fingal rose by 8 % , or across Ireland, “Donegal, north Ireland fell by 1.5%.
Among the fastest growing counties in Ireland which included ” Dublin, Meath, Kildare, and Laois, and some areas in Cork City and Galway.
While most counties have experienced growth in their population, there are also a number where growth fell and they include, ” Donegal, ( 1.5% ) Mayo ( 0.2% ) and Sligo ( 0.1% )
Housing and vacant dwellings
The number of occupied households increased by just over 49,000, an increase of 3 per cent. As the population increased by 3.7 per cent over the five years, household formation has fallen behind population growth over the five years 2011 to 2016.
The number of vacant dwellings has fallen by 29,889 (13.8%) and now stands at 259,562. The vacancy rate has also fallen to 12.8 per cent. Within this the number of holiday homes has increased marginally between 2011 and 2016, from 59,395 to 61,204
While the overall number of holiday homes increased only slightly (up 1,809) there was a noticeable increase in the number of vacant holiday homes in Dublin City Centre up from 322 in 2011 to 937 in 2016, an increase of 190 per cent
Migration Net migration, calculated as the residual of the total population increase of 169,724 less natural increase of 198,282, is estimated to be -28,558 over the five years 2011 to 2016. This compares with net inward migration of 115,800 over the previous five years. Net migration varied widely across Ireland, from a low of -6,731 in Donegal to a high of 7,257 in Dublin City. Dublin City and Cork City (4,380), along with the administrative area of Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown (4,066), were the only areas to experience net inflows of any meaningful amount, while Fingal (875), Laois (285), Longford (178) and Kilkenny (127) showed marginal increases. Mr. Murphy concluded that “These preliminary results, published just 12 weeks after census day, are based on a clerical summary of each enumeration area compiled by the 4,663 enumerators. These counts were returned to the CSO in advance of the census forms themselves and the results published today are based on this information. We’d like to thank the enumerators and their supervisors for all their hard work over the course of the census, and in particular for making the publication of these results today possible. Scanning and processing of the two million actual census forms is well underway and the first definitive results are due to be published next March, within a year of census day.
* Above Quote’s were taken of CSO, web page, www.CSO.ie
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