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Land Mass344,232 ha
% of Ireland4.9%
Population Density (2016)34.52 persons per sq km

Human Resource

County Population 2016118,817
Population Change (2011-2016)1.4%

Key Centres with Population over 1,000 (2016)

Newmarket on Fergus1,784
Ardnacrusha (Castlebank)1,383

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Highest level of education completed by persons whose education has ceased (%)

No Formal/Primary(12.1%)
Third Level(40.9%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010)32.6 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016)3,423


Employed (2016)49,511
Employment Change (2011-2016)8.6%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016)60.6%

Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing3,423 (6.9%)
Industry & Construction10,217 (20.6%)
Services33,613 (67.9%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Download the 2-page WDC Insights County Clare’s Labour Market – Census 2016

Agency Assisted Employment (2019)

Permanent Full Time Employment in Agency Assisted Companies10,383

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2019

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2019)*10.9
Proportion of seats held by women in the 2019 local election (%)**14.3%
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B2 and above (2020)***4%

* Births per year per 1,000 population. Source: CSO Vital Statistics Yearly Summary

** Source: Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Local Elections 2019 Results, Transfer of Votes and Statistics

*** Source: CSO Domestic Buildings Energy Ratings


Income and Earnings

Avg. Disposable Income per Person (2017)*€18,756
Mean annual earnings 2018**€42,241

* Source: CSO County Incomes and Regional GDP 

**Source: CSO Ireland, Earnings Analysis using Administrative Data Sources

Enterprise (2018)

Number of Active Enterprises*8,732
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^93.7%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2018)*7.1%

Source: CSO Business Demography 2018

* Total enterprises includes all ‘business economy’ enterprises (NACE Rev 2 B to N(-642)) plus Health & Social Work, Education, Arts/Entertainment/Recreation and Other Services
^ Data on enterprise size only includes ‘business economy’ enterprises which account for 81% of Total Enterprises in Clare.

Labour Catchments in County Clare (2016)*

Download the 2-page county profile of County Clare’s Place of Residence and Place of Work, 2011 and 2016

Ennis labour catchment21,409 (2016),   21,333 (2006)
Shannon labour catchment 4,718 (2016),    4,470 (2006)
Kilrush labour catchment2,871 (2016),   1,911 (2006)

* 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.