Roscommon population up 8.4% since 2016 – Census 2022

Census of Population 2022 Preliminary Results show the highest population in a Census since 1841

The preliminary Census figures published last week show that, in Roscommon, the population on the 3rd of April was recorded at 69,995. That figure included 34,933 females and 35,062 males. This is an increase of 5,451 (+8.4%) since 2016.

The total housing stock in Roscommon in April 2022 was 32,265. This shows an increase of 980 (+3.1%) since 2016. There were 4,326 vacant dwellings, which was 997 fewer than in 2016 (-18.7%). This does not include holiday homes, of which there were 1,327.

Speaking about the nationwide population figures, Cormac Halpin, Senior Statistician in the Census Division, said “The Preliminary Results show a population of 5,123,536 on Census night. This is an increase of 7.6% since 2016. It is also the highest population recorded in a census since 1841.

There were 2,593,600 females and 2,529,936 males recorded, which is an increase of 7.7% and 7.5% respectively. The population increase of 361,671 was made up of a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 171,338 and estimated net inward migration (population change minus natural increase) of 190,333.

Mr. Halpin also stated that the Preliminary Census Results provide initial figures on the country’s housing stock.  He said “The Preliminary Results show that the total housing stock on 03 April 2022 was 2,124,590, an increase of 6.0% on the 2016 figure. There were 16,560 fewer vacant dwellings (-9.0%) in 2022 compared to 2016. This does not include holiday homes, of which there were 66,135, compared with 62,148 in 2016.

Mr. Halpin said “The publication of these Preliminary Results, less than 12 weeks after Census night, is only possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of both our census field staff and the permanent census staff in Swords, as well as the continued support for the census from the public. He added, “We are busy working on the completed census forms and look forward to begin sharing the full set of detailed results from April next year.”