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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

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 (15.7%)
Secondary (45.1%)
Third Level (39.2%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size  (2010) 26.33 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016)  22,733


Employed (2016) 333,919
Employment Change (2011-2016) 7.5%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016) 59.3%

Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Total 333,919
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 22,733 (6.8%)
Industry & Construction 63,920 (19.1%)
Services 232,651 (69.7%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Download the 2-page WDC Insights Census 2016: What do people in the Western Region work at?

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

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2015

Enterprise (2015)

Number of Active Enterprises 42,266
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees) 93.1%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (20011-2015) -0.8%

Source: CSO Business Demography 2015

Labour Catchments in the Western Region (2006)

An updated detailed analysis of Labour Catchments based on Census 2016 data will be published in April 2018.

Download the 2-page WDC Insights Census 2016: Where do People in the Western Region Work?

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