Map of Sligo

Map of Sligo

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Link to Local Authority:
Sligo County Council

Land Mass 183,746 ha
% of Ireland 2.6%
Population Density (2016) 35.67 persons per sq km

Human Resource

County Population 2016 65,535
Population Change (2011-2016) 0.2%

Top 5 Centres of Population (2016)

Sligo 19,199
Tubbercurry 1,986
Strandhill 1,753





Employed (2011) 25,434
Employment Change (2006-2011) -6.9%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2011) 59.4%
Source: CSO Census of Population 2011


Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010) 26.3 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2011) 1,721

Numbers Employed by Sector (2011)

Total 25,434
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 1,795 (6.8%)
Industry & Construction 4,422 (17.4%)
Services 17,697 (69.6%)
Source: CSO Census of Population 2011


Most Important Business Enterprise Sectors for Employment (2014)

Top three sectors account for 69% of people engaged in business enterprises
1. Manufacturing
2. Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
3. Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Source: CSO Business Demography 2014


Agency Assisted Employment (2015)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies 1,723
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies 2,029

Download a 4-page report on agency assisted employment in county Sligo Trends in Agency Assisted Employment-Sligo-WDC Report-January 2015 PDF 629KB

Income & Output

Net Output per Person Engaged (2012) €135,789
Avg. Wage in Industry (2012) €37,977
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2014) €17,868

Tourism (2015)

Number of Overseas Tourists 186,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists €51m

Enterprise (2014)

Number of Active Enterprises 3,063
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees) 93%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2013-2014) -3.95%

Labour Catchments in County Sligo (2006)*

Sligo borough labour catchment 20,321
Tubbercurry labour catchment 1,327

* 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: