Ireland’s population increased by 55,900 or just over one per cent in the year to April and now stands at 4.98 million, estimates from the CSO reveal.
The combined effect of positive net migration and natural increase contribute to the rise in people living in the state.
The figures show 85,400 people immigrated to Ireland in the year to April 2020. Irish nationals accounted for 28,900 (33.8%) of the 85,400 immigrants to Ireland. This is the highest number of returning Irish nationals since 2007. While net migration of Irish nationals has also slowed.
Comparing birth and death rates, a natural increase of 27,100 was added to the population.
Looking at demographic breakdowns, the largest age group in the population is 40-44 year olds at 393,700, this is closely followed by the 35-39 age group at 386,500. As reported previously, Ireland is an aging population with 720,100 people estimated to be aged 65 and over, an increase of 14.3% on the year before.
Gender breakdown shows a pretty even spilt with slightly more females than males (2.5 million V 2.4 million). 40-44s was the largest age group when looking at the male population, while the 35-39 age group was the largest in the female demographic.
The population of Dublin in April 2020 was estimated to be almost 1.42 million persons, which accounts for 28.5% of the total population. The mid-east, which consist of the commuter belt counties was the most populated after Dublin with 733,500 living in the region. The south-west, with counties such as Cork in the region, is the third most populated with 716,700 living there.
As an OOH agency specialising in location and audience-based marketing, these CSO figures offer us a rich source of data to inform strategy. The insights garnered from the CSO along with our own in-house planning tools such as OCS, Locomizer and Pinpoint enable our planners to build campaigns that connect the correct audiences and locations with brands.
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