Donegal

Land Mass485,951 ha
% of Ireland6.9%
Population Density (2016)32.76 persons per sq km
Donegal

Human Resource

County Population 2016159,152
Population Change (2011–2016)-1.2%

Top 15 Centres of Population (2016)

Letterkenny19,274
Buncrana6,785
Ballybofey-Stranorlar4,852
Donegal2,618
Carndonagh2,471
Ballyshannon2,299
Bundoran1,963
Lifford1,626
Convoy1,526
Bunbeg-Derrybeg1,491
Moville1,480
Ramelton1,266
Killybegs1,236
Muff1,226
Dungloe-An Clochán Liath1,164

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Highest level of education completed by persons whose education has ceased

No Formal/Primary(21.9%)
Secondary(44.7%)
Third Level(33.4%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010)27.9 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016)3,977

 

Employment

Employed (2016)58,353
Employment Change (2011–2016)9.5%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016)57.3%

 

Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Total58,353
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing3,977 (6.8%)
Industry & Construction8,791 (15.1%)
Services42,890 (73.5%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

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

Agency Assisted Employment (2017) – Total Jobs

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies5,284
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies3,993

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2017

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2018)*11.9
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B and above (2018)**9.6%
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2016)***€15,892

* 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 Tourists255,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists€82m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2017

Enterprise (2017)

Number of Active Enterprises*10,341
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^91.8%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2017)*9.3%

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 79% of total enterprises in Donegal.

Labour Catchments in County Donegal (2016)*

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

Letterkenny labour catchment19,717 (2016),    17,886 (2006)
Derry labour catchment5,056 (2016),    4,581 (2006)
Ballybofey-Stranorlar labour catchment2,948 (2016),    3,520 (2006)
Donegal labour catchment3,908 (2016),   3,487 (2006)
Buncrana labour catchment2,969 (2016),   2,995 (2006)
Killybegs labour catchment2,299 (2016),   2,653 (2006)
Bunbeg labour catchment1,493 (2016),   1,939 (2006)
Carndonagh labour catchment2,352 (2016),   1,737 (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.