Land Mass254,804 ha
% of Ireland3.6%
Population Density (2016)25.33 persons per sq km






Human Resource

County Population 201664,544
Population Change (2011-2016)0.7%


Key Centres of Population in Co. Roscommon* (2016)


*Part of Athlone (Monksland) is in Co. Roscommon (4,350 of 21,349 population total) and part of Carrick on Shannon (640 of 4,062 population total)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

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

No Formal/Primary(15.5%)
Third Level(35.7%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010)27.1 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016)2,311


Employed (2016)25,819
Employment Change (2011-2016)5.9%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016)58.3%


Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing2,311 (9.0%)
Industry & Construction4,809 (18.6%)
Services 17,819 (69.0%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

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

Agency Assisted Employment (2017)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies1,749
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies1,155

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2017


Local Sustainability

Fertility rate (2018)*10.9
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B and above (2018)**7.1%
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2016)***€17,145

* 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 Tourists54,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists€27m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2017


Enterprise (2017)

Number of Active Enterprises*3,983
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^94.7%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2017)*13.3%

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 80% of total enterprises in Roscommon.

Labour Catchments in County Roscommon (2016)*

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

Roscommon labour catchment7,235 (2016),   7,306 (2006)
Boyle labour catchment1,448 (2016),    1,964 (2006)
Castlerea labour catchment 1,452 (2016),   1,587 (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.