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Land Mass183,746 ha
% of Ireland2.6%
Population Density (2016)35.67 persons per sq km








Human Resource

County Population 201665,535
Population Change (2011-2016)0.2%

Top 5 Centres of Population (2016)





Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

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

No Formal/Primary(14.2%)

Third Level(40.7%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016

Natural Resources

Average Farm Size (2010)26.3 ha
Farming, Fishing & Forestry workers (2016)1,868



Employed (2016)26,002
Employment Change (2011-2016)2.2%
Labour Force Participation Rate (2016)57.9%


Numbers Employed by Sector (2016)

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing1,868 (7.2%)
Industry & Construction4,427 (17.0%)
Services18,650 (71.7%)

Source: CSO Census of Population 2016 

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

Agency Assisted Employment (2019)

Permanent Full Time Employment in Agency Assisted Companies3,843

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2019

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2019)*11.5
Proportion of seats held by women in the 2019 local election**16.7%
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B2 and above (2018)***5%

* Births per year per 1,000 population. Source: CSO Vital Statistics Yearly Summary

**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)*€18,451
Mean Annual Earnings 2018**€39,466

* Source: CSO County Incomes and Regional GDP

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


Enterprise (2018)

Number of Active Enterprises*4,311
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^92.3%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2018)*3.1%

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 75% of Total Enterprises in Sligo.

Labour Catchments in County Sligo (2016)*

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

Sligo borough labour catchment21,824 (2016),    20,321 (2006)
Tubbercurry labour catchment**NA (2016),    1,327 (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.

** Less than 3EDs assigned to Tubbercurry from analysis in 2016 and therefore was excluded. See full report for further explanation.