Fewer Donegal residents are staying within 10km of their homes, new CSO data reveals.
The ‘Staying Local Indicator’ shows that 56.4% of the population in Donegal stayed within 10k of home in the second week of February.
The figure is down 2.3% on the first week of the month, when 58.7% of people stayed local.
The Staying Local Indicator, calculated by the Central Statistics Office, shows that rural areas have lower numbers of people staying close to home, as more people must travel further to access services.
Dublin, with a high level of urbanisation, consistently shows the highest percentage of persons staying local.
The Staying Local Indicator is based on statistical analysis of anonymised, aggregated, mobile phone activity records from Three Ireland. The CSO states that the SLI is not an exact measure, but a general indication of what percentage of the population is staying local.