Western Region Analysis

Land Mass2,601,501 ha
% of Ireland37.1%
Population Density (2016)31.85 persons per sq km
Western Region Analysis

Human Resource

Population (2016)828,697
Population Change (2011-2016)1.0%

Land Mass2,601,501 ha
% of Ireland37.1%
Population Density (2016)31.85 persons per sq km

Top 12 Centres of Population in the Western Region (2016)

Galway City and Suburbs79,934
Ennis, Co. Clare25,276
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal19,274
Sligo, Co. Sligo19,199
Castlebar, Co. Mayo12,068
Ballina, Co. Mayo10,171
Shannon, Co. Clare9,729
Tuam, Co. Galway8,767
Buncrana, Co. Donegal6,785
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway6,662
Westport, Co. Mayo6,198
Roscommon, Co. Roscommon5,876

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016


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

No Formal/Primary(15.7%)
Third Level(39.2%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size  (2010)26.33 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016) 22,733


Employed (2016)333,919
Employment Change (2011-2016)7.5%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016)59.3%

Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing22,733 (6.8%)
Industry & Construction63,920 (19.1%)
Services232,651 (69.7%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Download the 2-page WDC Insights Census 2016: What do people in the Western Region work at?

Agency Assisted Employment (2017)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies28,485
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies37,907

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2017

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2018)*11.8
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B and above (2018)**9.8%

* Births per year per 1,000 population.  Source: CSO Vital Statistics Yearly Summary (Western Region own calculation)

** Source: CSO Domestic Buildings Energy Ratings (Western Region own calculation)




Tourism (2017)

Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists€997m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2017

Enterprise (2017)

Number of Active Enterprises*57,951
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^92.9%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2017)*8.1%

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 the Western Region.

Labour Catchments in the Western Region (2016)

Download the 2-page WDC Insights Census 2016: Where do People in the Western Region Work?

Galway city labour catchment70,170 (2016),  64,455 (2006)
Ennis labour catchment21,409 (2016),  21,333 (2006)
Sligo borough labour catchment21,824 (2016),  20,321 (2006)
Letterkenny labour catchment19,717 (2016),  17,886 (2006)
Castlebar labour catchment13,931 (2016),  13,757 (2006)
Roscommon labour catchment7,235 (2016),  7,306 (2006)
Carrick-on-Shannon labour catchment7,785 (2016),  6,632 (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.