Ireland’s Population Increases By 7.6% In 6 Years


Preliminary results from the Census  taken on April 3rd this year reveals a population of  5,123,536. This is the highest population reported since the 1841 and does not include Northern Ireland which had a population of 1.9 million in the 2021 census.

The population in the Republic has grown by 7.6% since 2016.

The population increase of almost 362,000 was made up of a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 171,000 and estimated net inward migration (of 190,333. The female population at 2,593,600 slightly exceeds the male population of  2,529,936  – both have increased since 2016 by  of 7.7% and 7.5% respectively.

The Census also reveals that housing stock in Ireland increased to 2.1m (+6%) There are almost 167,000 vacant homes recorded on the Census. The Census counts holiday homes separately  and there are  66,135 holiday homes reported in 2022, compared with 62,148 in 2016.

The CSO will publish the full set of Census 2022 results between April and December 2023. Work has commenced on preparations for the next census in 2027 and for the first time this will include an online response option.