THE population of Donegal is up 9.3% on five years ago, the preliminary results of April’s census reported today.
The number of people living in the county on census night was 160,927, up from 147,260 on the previous census in 2006.
When it comes to gender, there is almost an exact split in the current population – with 80,411 males and 80,516 females.
The 9.3% rise in the population represents an extra 13,633 residents in the county.
There are 12.1% more people in Donegal North East than five years ago (82,799) and 6.5% more people in Donegal South West (78,148).
Nationally the preliminary total for the population enumerated on Census Night 10 April 2011 was 4,581,269 persons, compared with 4,239,848 persons in April 2006, an increase of 341,421 persons since 2006 or 8.1 per cent. This translates into an annual average increase of 68,284, or 1.6 per cent.
Over the previous four-year inter-censal period between 2002 and 2006 the population increased by 322,645 persons or 2 per cent per annum, which equates to an annual average total of 80,661, which is the highest on record.
Large areas of Donegal recorded that one in four homes were vacant.
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