Population Of Ireland Exceeds 5 Million For The First Time In Over 170 Years

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The population of the Republic of Ireland is now the highest it has been since pre famine times. There are now five point one two million people here. (5.12m)

The population has grown by 8%, and the CSO says every county saw a population increase.

The population of Dublin grew by over one hundred and three thousand. While Longford saw the largest increase in population in the country, growing by 14%.

In Leinster, 10 of the 12 counties showed a higher percentage increase than the national average of 8%; there are now almost 225,000 more people living in the province than six years ago.

Although the increase in housing does not match the increase in population. The population grew by just over 361,000. While the housing stock grew by just over 120,000.

The preliminary population on Sunday April 2022 was 5,123,536 persons. This is the first time that a census has recorded a population of over five million people in over 170 years. The population increased by 361,671 persons, or 8%, since April 2016.

  • Population growth occurred in every county between 2016 and 2022.
  • The population increase of 361,671 was made up of a natural increase of 171,338 and estimated net inward migration of 190,333.
  • The housing stock in Ireland increased by over 120,000 units (6%) between 2016 and 2022.
  • The number of occupied households increased by over 150,000 (9%) while the number of vacant dwellings fell by over 16,500 (-9%).
  • At a State level Census vacancy rate has fallen to less than 8% in 2022, down from over 9% in 2016 and 12% in 2011.

Deirdre Lynch, Statistician, said: “This Preliminary Census publication is based on the Census of Population taken on the night of Sunday, 3 April 2022. This is the first publication by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) providing insights into Ireland’s Census of Population and housing figures for 2022. This release includes an analysis of geographical changes of the population, components of population change and housing.  The population increased by 7.6% compared with the 2016 census with 5,123,536 persons present in Ireland on Census Night. This is the first time that a census has recorded a population of over five million people in over 170 years.  The housing stock in Ireland increased by over 120,000 units (6%) between 2016 and 2022. The number of occupied households increased by over 150,000 (9%) while the number of vacant dwellings fell by over 16,500 (-9%). Our analysis shows where these changes have occurred across the country, with some interesting trends compared with the previous census six years ago”.

Census – Infographic via CSO