Map of Mayo

Map of Mayo

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Mayo County Council

Land Mass 558,831 ha
% of Ireland 8.0%
Population Density (2016) 23.35 persons per sq km

Human Resource

County Population 2016 130,507
Population Change (2011-2016) -0.1%

Top Ten Centres of Population in Mayo (2016)

Castlebar 12,068
Ballina 10,171
Westport 6,198
Claremorris 3,687
Ballinrobe 2,786
Ballyhaunis 2,366
Swinford 1,394
Foxford 1,315
Kiltimagh 1,069
Crossmolina 1,044

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 (17.4%)
Secondary (47.8%)
Third Level (34.8%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010) 22.4 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016) 4,395


Employed (2016) 51,439
Employment Change (2011-2016) 4.8%
Labour Force Participation on Rate (2016) 57.7%

Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Total 51,439
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 4,395 (8.5%)
Industry & Construction 10,547 (20.5%)
Services 34,359 (66.8%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

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

Agency Assisted Employment (2015)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies 3,667
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies 3,981

Download a 4-page report on agency assisted employment in county Mayo Trends in Agency Assisted Employment Mayo WDC Report January 2015 PDF 630KB

Income & Output

Net Output per Person Engaged, (Mayo-Roscommon, 2012)* €730,200*
Avg. Wage in Industry (Mayo-Roscommon, 2012) €38,587
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2015) €17,390

* 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)

Number of Overseas Tourists 302,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists €80m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2015

Enterprise (2015)

Number of Active Enterprises 6,816
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees) 93.2%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2011-2015) -2.1%

Source: CSO Business Demography 2015

Labour Catchments in County Mayo (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 County Mayo’s Place of Residence and Place of Work, 2011 and 2016

Castlebar labour catchment 13,757
Westport labour catchment 4,854
Claremorris labour catchment 2,553
Ballyhaunis labour catchment 2,227
Belmullet labour catchment 1,924
Ballinrobe labour catchment 1,593
Charlestown labour catchment 1,100
Swinford labour catchment 1,085

* 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: