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Land Mass615,052 ha
% of Ireland8.8%
Population Density (2016)42.04 persons per sq km



Human Resource

County Population 2016258,058
Population Change (2011-2016)3.0%

Key Centres with Population over 1,400 (2016)

Galway City79,934

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

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

No Formal/Primary(13.1%)
Third Level(45.3%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010)25.8 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016)5,668


Employed (2016)110,067
Employment Change (2011-2016)9.2%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016)61.2%

Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing5,668 (5.1%)
Industry & Construction22,975 (20.9%)
Services76,510 (69.5%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Download the 2-page WDC Insights Galway City’s Labour Market – Census 2016

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

Agency Assisted Employment (2019)

Permanent Full Time Employment in Agency Assisted Companies28,916

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2019

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2019)*12.2
Proportion of seats held by women in the 2019 local election**21.1%
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B2 and above (2020)***5%

* Births per year per 1,000 population. Source: CSO Vital Statistics Yearly Summary (Galway city and county own calculation)

**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)*€18,990
Mean Annual Earnings 2018**€41,765

* Source: CSO County Incomes and Regional GDP

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

Enterprise (2018)

Number of Active Enterprises*18,497
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^92.3%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2018)*6.2%

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 78% of Total Enterprises in Galway.

Labour Catchments in County Galway (2016)*

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

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

Galway city labour catchment70,170 (2016),   64,455 (2006)
Ballinasloe labour catchment4,804**(2016),   5,135  (2006)
Tuam labour catchment5,506 (2016),   3,015  (2006)
Loughrea labour catchment3,070 (2016),   2,311  (2006)
Clifden labour catchment2,100 (2016),   1,845  (2006)
Gort labour catchment1,329 (2016),   1,505  (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.

** Part of the Ballinasloe labour catchment extends beyond the boundary of the Western Region and is not fully captured here.