Population Exceeds 5 Million A...


Population Exceeds 5 Million According To Census Results

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

12:43 30 May 2023

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Ireland's population has exceeded the 5 million threshold for the first time in 171 years.

Census figures show there were 5,149,139 people in the State on Census night, which was in April last year.

That's an 8% increase since 2016 and includes just over 2.5 million men and over 2.6 million women

Irelands population is continuing to age; the average age of the population increased from 37.4 in 2016 to 38.8 in 2022.

The highest increase in population was seen in the over 70s at 26% while there was a 4% fall in the numbers of people aged 25 to 39.

Every county saw population growth, with the East of the country seeing the strongest growth.

The number of people with dual Irish citizenship was 170,597, which represents a 63% increase from 2016.

There was a drop from 87% to 83% in the proportion of people who reported their health was good or very good since 2016.

Approximately a third of all workers (747,961 people) worked from home for at least some part of their week.

The proportion of the population who identified Roman Catholic as their religion fell from 79% in 2016 to 69% in 2022.

More than 700,000 people indicated that they undertook voluntary work, and of those, nearly 300,000 people volunteered in a sporting organisation.

Almost 80% of households had a broadband internet connection in 2022 up from 71% in 2016.

Single people aged 15 and over made up 43% of Ireland's population, compared with 41% in 2016. There were more single men (52%) than women (48%). Married people, including those who were re-married, and people in a same-sex civil partnership, accounted for 46% of the population aged 15 years and over, down from 48% six years ago.

And remember the time capsule - just 19% of households completed that!

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