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




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 (2017)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies 1,625
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies 2,292

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2017

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2018)* 11.7
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B and above (2018)** 11.1%
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2016)*** €19,277

* Births per year per 1,000 population. Source: CSO Vital Statistics Yearly Summary

** Source: CSO Domestic Buildings Energy Ratings

*** Source: CSO County Incomes and Regional GDP

Tourism (2017)

Number of Overseas Tourists 173,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists €45m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2017

Enterprise (2017)

Number of Active Enterprises* 4,442
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^ 93.1%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2017)* 6.2%

Source: CSO Business Demography 2017

* Total enterprises includes all ‘business economy’ enterprises (NACE Rev 2 B to N(-642)) plus Health & Social Work, Education, Arts/Entertainment/Recreation and Other Services.

^ Data on enterprise size only includes ‘business economy’ enterprises which account for 75% of total enterprises in Sligo.

Labour Catchments in County Sligo (2016)*

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: