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Small Area Population Statistics are Census 2016 statistics produced for a range of geographical levels from state to small areas. There are three ways to view/download SAPS information.

Interactive Mapping Tool (SAPMAP)

The mapping tool facilitates access to SAPS through an interactive map search called  SAPMAP.  This allows users to navigate to their location of interest by using the address search facility or by pinpointing a location on the map. They can then select their chosen geographic boundary and access all of the 2016 census tables that have been produced for that area. There are options to download the tables in pdf or excel format also.

There are 45 Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) tables organised in the following themes.

  • Theme 1: Sex, age and marital status
  • Theme 2: Migration, ethnicity, religion and foreign languages
  • Theme 3: Irish language
  • Theme 4: Families
  • Theme 5: Private households
  • Theme 6: Housing
  • Theme 7: Communal establishments
  • Theme 8: Principal status
  • Theme 9: Social class and socio-economic group
  • Theme 10: Education
  • Theme 11: Commuting
  • Theme 12: Disability, carers and general health
  • Theme 13: Occupations
  • Theme 14: Industries
  • Theme 15: Motor car availability, PC ownership and internet Access

Census 2016 User Guide (PDF 4,807KB)

CSV Downloads 

Saps tables are available to download for any of the geography levels below in csv format.  In addition each geographical level has links to boundary files, ungeneralised and generalised (20m, 50m, 100m options).

SAPS 2016 Glossary (XLS 38KB)

CSV DownloadUngeneralised Boundaries(UG)Generalised 20MGeneralised 50MGeneralised 100M
Constituencies 2013 (40)  Constituencies UG Constituencies 20M Constituencies 50M Constituencies 100M
Counties (31) Counties UG Counties 20M Counties 50M Counties 100M
Electoral Divisions (3,409) Electoral Divisions UG Electoral Divisions 20M Electoral Divisions 50M Electoral Divisions 100M
Gaeltachts (7) Gaeltachts UG Gaeltachts 20M Gaeltachts 50M Gaeltachts 100M
Limistéir Pleanála Teanga (26) Limistéir Pleanála Teanga UG Limistéir Pleanála Teanga 20M Limistéir Pleanála Teanga 50M Limistéir Pleanála Teanga 100M
Local Electoral Areas (137) Local Electoral Areas UG  Local Electoral Areas 20M Local Electoral Areas 50M Local Electoral Areas 100M
Municipal Districts (95)  Not Available Municipal Districts 20M Municipal Districts 50M Municipal Districts 100M
Provinces (4) Provinces UG Provinces 20M Provinces 50M Provinces 100M
NUTS3 Regions (8) NUTS3 Regions NUTS3 Regions 20M NUTS3 Regions 50M NUTS3 Regions 100M
Settlements (846) Settlements UG Settlements 20M Settlements 50M Settlements 100M
Small Areas (18,641) - (ZIP 13,463KB) Small Areas UG Small Areas 20M Small Areas 50M Small Areas  100M

Full Complete set of Saps available to download

Complete set of Census 2016 SAPS (ZIP 18,242KB)

Census 2016 Boundary files description 

Small area housing vacancy data

Census 2016 identified 183,312 dwellings as being vacant. This dataset investigates these dwellings looking at:

  • The type of dwelling.
  • The status of these dwellings in Census 2011 (where available).
  • The reason why these dwellings were vacant (where available) in Census 2016.


82,437 of the 183,312 vacant dwellings were occupied during Census 2011. This dataset also investigates these dwellings, looking at the data recorded in that census with regards to:

  • Age of the head of the household.
  • Number of usual residents.
  • Household composition.
  • Period built.
  • Nature of occupancy.
  • Number of rooms.
  • Number of persons per room.


The data is presented for the 2017 version of the Small Areas (18,641 areas).  Statistical disclosure control has been applied to some areas, resulting in total figures being present for these areas but no further information provided in the breakdown.

Download Small Area Vacancy Data (CSV)

A glossary file is also available and provides a description of what each variable name in the dataset represents.

Download Small Area Vacancy Glossary (XLS 11KB)

Press Statement Census 2016 Results Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS)