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 (2017)

Employment in Agency Assisted Irish Owned Companies1,625
Employment in Agency Assisted Foreign Owned Companies2,292

Source: DBEI, Annual Employment Survey 2017

Local Sustainability

Fertility Rate (2018)*11.7
Domestic Building Energy Rating (BER) % Grade B and above (2018)**11.1%
Avg. Disposable Income per Capita (2016)***€19,277

* 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 Tourists173,000
Revenue Generated by Overseas tourists€45m

Source: Fáilte Ireland, Regional tourism performance in 2017


Enterprise (2017)

Number of Active Enterprises*4,442
Percentage of Micro-Enterprises (10 or fewer employees)^93.1%
Percentage Change in Number of Enterprises (2015-2017)*6.2%

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 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.