Map of Galway

Map of Galway

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Link to Local Authorities:
Galway City Council
Galway County Council

Land Mass 615,052 ha
% of Ireland 8.8%
Population Density (2016) 42.04 persons per sq km

Human Resource

County Population 2016 258,552
Population Change (2011-2016) 3.0%

Key Centres with Population over 1,400 (2016)

Galway City 79,934
Tuam 8,767
Ballinasloe 6,662
Loughrea 5,556
Oranmore 4,990
Athenry 4,445
Gort 2,994
Bearna 1,998
Moycullen 1,704
Clifden 1,597
Portumna 1,450

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Highest Level of Education (2016)

Highest level of education completed by persons whose education has ceased (%)
No Formal/Primary (13.1%)
Secondary (41.7%)
Third Level (45.3%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010) 25.8 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016) 5,668


Employed (2016) 110,067
Employment Change (2011-2016) 9.2%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016) 61.2%

Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Total 110,067
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 5,668 (5.1%)
Industry & Construction 22,975 (20.9%)
Services 76,510 (69.5%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Download the 2-page WDC Insights Galway City’s Labour Market – Census 2016

Download the 2-page WDC Insights Galway County’s Labour Market – Census 2016

Agency Assisted Employment (2015)

Employment in Agency Assisted
Irish Owned Companies
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned

Download a report on agency assisted employment in county Galway Trends in Agency Assisted Employment-Galway-WDC Report-January 2015 PDF 631KB

Income & Output

Net Output per Person Engaged
Avg. Industrial Wage (2012) €36,548
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2015) €18,991

Tourism (2015)

Number of Overseas Tourists 1,354,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists €475m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2015

Enterprise (2015)

Number of Active Enterprises 13,503
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees) 92.8%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2011-2015) -1.1%

Source: CSO Business Demography 2015

Labour Catchments in County Galway (2006)*

An updated detailed analysis of Labour Catchments based on Census 2016 data will be published in April 2018.

Download the 2-page county profile of Galway City’s Place of Residence and Place of Work, 2011 and 2016

Download the 2-page county profile of Galway County’s Place of Residence and Place of Work, 2011 and 2016

Galway city labour catchment 64,455
Ballinasloe labour catchment 5,135
Tuam labour catchment 3,015
Loughrea labour catchment 2,311
Clifden labour catchment 1,845
Gort labour catchment 1,505

* The labour catchment of a town is that area from which it draws most of its workforce. These figures are the number of workers living in the catchment areas of these towns.


Further detail is contained in the report Travel to Work and Labour Catchments in the Western Region: A Profile of Seven Town Labour Catchments available at: