Land Mass558,831 ha
% of Ireland8.0%
Population Density (2016)23.35 persons per sq km



Human Resource

County Population 2016130,507
Population Change (2011-2016)-0.1%


Top Ten Centres of Population in Mayo (2016)

Westport 6,198
Claremorris 3,687
Ballinrobe  2,786
Ballyhaunis 2,366
Swinford 1,394
Foxford 1,315
Kiltimagh 1,069
Crossmolina 1,044

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

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

No Formal/Primary(17.4%)

Third Level(34.8%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010)22.4 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016)4,395


Employed (2016)51,439
Employment Change (2011-2016)4.8%
Labour Force Participation on Rate (2016)57.7%


Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing4,395 (8.5%)
Industry & Construction10,547 (20.5%)
Services34,359 (66.8%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

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

Agency Assisted Employment (2017)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies4,910
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies4,466

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2017

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2018)*10.8
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B and above (2018)**9.1%
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2016)***€17,650

* 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 Tourists324,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists€78m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2017

Enterprise (2017)

Number of Active Enterprises*9,185
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^92.9%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2017)*7.0%

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 Mayo.

Labour Catchments in County Mayo (2016)*

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

Castlebar labour catchment13,931 (2016),    13,757 (2006)
Westport labour catchment6,380 (2016),    4,854 (2006)
Claremorris labour catchment2,750 (2016),    2,553 (2006)
Ballyhaunis labour catchment2,601 (2016),   2,227 (2006)
Belmullet labour catchment 1,859 (2016),   1,924 (2006)
Ballinrobe labour catchment1,751 (2016),   1,593 (2006)
Charlestown labour catchment962 (2016),   1,100 (2006)
Swinford labour catchment1,118 (2016),   1,085 (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.