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 (2011) 35.52 persons per sq km

Human Resource

County Population 2011 65,393
Population Change (2006-2011) 7.4%

Key Centres with Population over 1,500 (2011)

Sligo 19,452
Tubbercurry 1,747
Strandhill 1,596
Ballymote 1,539


Employed (2011) 25,434
Employment Change (2006-2011) -6.9%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2011) 59.4%

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%)

Most Important Industrial Sectors 2009

Top three industrial sectors account for 63% of total industrial employment
1. Other manufacturing*
2. Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
3. Manufacture of food products

* Other manufacturing includes the manufacture of medical instruments.

Agency Assisted Employment (2013)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies 1,508
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies 1,888

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 (2012) €18,456

Tourism (2013)

Number of Overseas Tourists 133,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists €44m

Enterprise (2012)

Number of Active Enterprises 2,294
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees) 91.3%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2011-2012) -2.2%

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: