Map of Sligo

Map of Sligo

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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




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 (14.2%)
Secondary (45.1%)
Third Level (40.7%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010) 26.3 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016) 1,868


Employed (2016) 26,002
Employment Change (2011-2016) 2.2%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016) 57.9%

Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Total 26,002
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 1,868 (7.2%)
Industry & Construction 4,427 (17.0%)
Services 18,650 (71.7%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016 

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

 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 (2015) €19,001

Tourism (2015)

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

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2015

Enterprise (2015)

Number of Active Enterprises 3,156
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees) 93.3%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2011-2015) -1.3%

Source: CSO Business Demography 2015

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

Sligo borough labour catchment 21,824 (2016),    20,321 (2006)
Tubbercurry labour catchment **NA (2016),    1,327 (2006)

* 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.

** Less than 3EDs assigned to Tubbercurry from analysis in 2016 and therefore was excluded. See full report for further explanation.


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: