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Land Mass 2,601,501 ha
% of Ireland 37.1%
Population Density (2016) 31.85 persons per sq km

Human Resource

Population (2016) 828,697
Population Change (2011-2016) 1.0%

Top 12 Centres of Population in the Western Region (2016)

Galway City and Suburbs 79,934
Ennis, Co. Clare 25,276
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal 19,274
Sligo, Co. Sligo 19,199
Castlebar, Co. Mayo 12,068
Ballina, Co. Mayo 10,171
Shannon, Co. Clare 9,729
Tuam, Co. Galway 8,767
Buncrana, Co. Donegal 6,785
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway 6,662
Westport, Co. Mayo 6,198
Roscommon, Co. Roscommon 5,876


Employed (2011) 310,519
Employment Change (2006-2011) -5.9%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2006) 60.3%
Source: CSO Census of Population 2011


Natural Resources

Average Farm Size  (2010) 26.33 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2011) 24,448

Numbers Employed by Sector (2011)

Total 310,519
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 24,448 (7.9%)
Industry & Construction 57,087 (18.4%)
Services 211,668 (68.2%)
Source: CSO Census of Population 2011


Agency Assisted Employment (2015)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies 21,896
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies 31,183

Download a report on ‘Trends in Agency Assisted Employment in the Western Region’ here

Income & Output

Net Output per Person Engaged (2012)* €240,630
Avg. Wage in Industry (2012) €37,379

* There are some limitations associated with Net Output figures which relate to the ownership of companies and transfer pricing arrangements which may be applied.

Tourism (2015)

Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists €851m

Enterprise (2014)

Number of Active Enterprises 40,797
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees) 93.1%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (20013-2014) -3.02%

Labour Catchments in the Western Region (2006)

Galway city labour catchment 64,455
Ennis labour catchment 21,333
Sligo borough labour catchment 20,321
Letterkenny labour catchment 17,886
Castlebar labour catchment 13,757
Roscommon labour catchment 7,306
Carrick-on-Shannon labour catchment 6,632

* 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.


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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: http://www.wdc.ie/publications/reports-and-papers/