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Friday, 7 April 2017

CSO releases preliminary findings from 2016 census

The Central Statistics Office has released its preliminary findings from last year's census. It paints a picture of the modern Republic of Ireland and shows the population has grown since 2011 by 3.8% to 4.76million.

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Central Statistics Office (cso.ie) infographic.
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The current rate of population growth is the slowest for more than two decades. However, the population of Dublin grew by 5.8%, Cork by 4.6%, and Galway by 4.2% in the last five years, and only counties Mayo and Donegal showed any decrease in overall numbers.

The total population figure for the 26 counties is up from 3.14million just over a century ago, in 1911, when it was less than half what it had been in 1841.

In 2016, some 78% of the population - 3.7m people - declared themselves as Roman Catholic, a reduction of more than 130,000 since 2011 when 84% stated they belonged to this church.

Meanwhile, slightly less than half a million people (468,400) declared they had no religion. Now representing 10% of the current population (it was 6% in 2011), this 'no religion' group now makes up the second largest 'religious' category in the Republic.

If you like to immerse yourself in these kinds of stats, find yourself a comfy chair and download the Central Statistics Office's 107-page Census 2016 Summary Results Part 1 .