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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 4,851KB)

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
Former Legal Towns & Cities (85)  Not Available  Not Available  Not Available  Not Available

Full Complete set of Saps available to download

Complete set of Census 2016 SAPS (ZIP 18,368KB)

Census 2016 Boundary files description 


Changes to small area boundaries for Census 2016

Following discussion with Ordnance Survey Ireland it was felt that a number of changes were needed in certain small areas to accommodate the publication of Census 2016 data. The changes consist of the following:

  • A total of 37 small areas in 2011 were amalgamated in 2016 due to low household numbers
  • 309 small areas were created in 2016 arising from the splitting of 151 small areas in 2011 due to high household numbers and residential development.
  • A further 41 small areas had their boundaries adjusted causing dwellings to change small areas.

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)

Daytime population and workplace zones

For the first time census data on the ‘daytime population’ of areas are being published. The daytime population includes everybody who indicated they worked or studied in the area, along with persons in that area who do not work or study (and so are there during the day).

This is a new level of geography for publishing demographic, socio-economic and commuting characteristics of workers.

The dataset includes a breakdown of persons in each area by age, social class, socio-economic group, nationality and level of education completed. There is also a breakdown of the persons who work or study in the area by means of travel, time leaving home and journey time. Data about workers and unemployed persons in the area is broken down by occupation and there is a breakdown of workers by industry.

Theses zones were created from amalgamating and/or splitting the Small Areas output from the census.

The reasons for their creation included the following:

  • Small Areas are based on where people reside not where they work
  • Some Small Areas contain no/few businesses; some contain many 
  • Potential uses in Emergency planning, Transport, optimum location for new businesses etc.
  • Growing demands for data on workers and daytime statistics nationally and internationally

General Rules for Workplace zone creation

  • Where possible all zones to have a range of between 100 to 400 workers
  • Each workplace zone contains a minimum of three workplaces
  • Workplace zones nest within county boundaries
  • No more than 90% of employees in any one workplace zone can work in one organisation

Rules for Workplace zone creation

  • 7,219 Workzone places created
  • 9% (620) of zones in excess of 400 workers
  • 120 zones in excess of 1000 workers
  • 19 zones in excess of 2500 workers
  • Average number of workers per zone is 269
  • Where place of work, school or college was blank or uncodeable, persons were counted in their area of usual residence
  • Where a person indicated they had no fixed place of work they were counted in their area of usual residence.


This data is available to download in Excel format.

Download Workplace Zones Glossary (XLS 16KB)

Download Workplace Zones (XLS 3,401KB)

Workplace Zones Boundary

Look-up table: Small Area to Workplace Zone (XLS 3,523KB)