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 (2017)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies3,719
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies6,765

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2017

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2018)*11.3
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B and above (2018)**9.4%
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2016)***€18,145

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

** Source: CSO Domestic Buildings Energy Ratings

*** Source: CSO County Incomes and Regional GDP

Tourism (2017)

Number of Overseas Tourists749,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists€158m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2017

Enterprise (2017)

Number of Active Enterprises*8,795
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^93.8%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2017)*7.9%

Source: CSO Business Demography 2017

* 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 80% 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.