More than half of Donegal residents are estimated to be staying within 10KM of their homes, the latest report from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has revealed.
Around 54.7% of the population here stayed local during the week ending 26 March, according to the Staying Local Indicator (SLI), a seven-day rolling average.
That’s a 0.7% drop on the previous figure of 54%. The national average is 64.2%.
Propensity to stay within 10km of residence tends to differ by county, as movement is impacted by local circumstances and conditions, such as access to services and levels of urbanisation.
For example, Dublin, with a high level of urbanisation, consistently shows the highest percentage of persons staying local, while Mayo and Roscommon, with relatively lower levels of urbanisation, are among the counties with the lowest percentage of persons staying within 10km of home.
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.