Over 78,000 people living in the county

Census figures show small population increase in Offaly

Moran Damian

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Moran Damian

Census figures show small population increase in Offaly

The population in Offaly has increased to 78,003 people according to the first batch of figures released from the 2016 Census which took place on April 24.

The population change varied widely across the country since the 2011 census with the increase in County Offaly being 1,316 (1.7%).

Of the total number of 78,003 people, 38,896 are male and 39,107 are female.

There was a small increase in population the Tullamore Urban area where the figure went from 11,346 in 2011 to 11,444, an increase of just under 1%.

The Tullamore Rural area also increased from 26,035 in 2011 to 26,595 in 2016 and increase of 560 (2.2%)

The Birr Urban area saw a marginal decrease in population between 2011 and 2016 as it went from 4,428 to 4,411.

The Birr Rural area dropped by 14 in the last five years to 16,560, a fall of 0.1%.

There were large increases recorded in both Edenderry Rural and Edenderry Urban Areas. The population in the Edenderry Urban jumped from 6,490 to 7,003, an increase of 7.9% while Edenderry Rural increased from 13,481 to 14,104, a jump of 623 (4.6%).

The largest increase in a single area was in Ballycommon which jumped by 28% from 561 to 718 while the largest decrease in a single area was Knockbarron which fell by 25.9% from 174 to 129.

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