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Press Statement


20 July 2017

Census 2016 Results - Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS)

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The Central Statistics Office (CSO) today (20th July, 2017) publishes the Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) from Census 2016.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician, explained: “The Census 2016 Small Area Population Statistics being published today provide detailed census results for 11 different geographical layers which include, among others, 31 Administrative Counties, 3,409 Electoral Divisions, 18,641 Small Areas and for the first time, 95 Municipal Districts.  The data is available for download or can be accessed via our online mapping tool."  

Small Area Population Statistics contain 45 tables organised into 15 themes, covering topics such as sex, age and marital status, families, housing, education, commuting and occupation.

The accompanying interactive mapping and search tool, SAPMAP, allows users to search for and select an area of interest to get instant access to the full set of census statistics for that area.  Data can also be downloaded in PDF or Excel format.

Ms. Cullen concluded: "Todays results are available for the full set of 18,641 Small Areas, each of which generally covers between 18-120 households.  The results provide an indepth picture of the social and economic conditions of every community in Ireland.  This data is an important national resource and is easily accessible and freely available for all to use."

The Census 2016 Small Area Population Statistics are available at

 The Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) provide all of the Census 2016 results for each of the 15 census themes, i.e. -

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 SAPS are available for 11 different levels of geography, i.e. - 

Constituencies (40) Electoral Divisions (3,409) Gaeltacht Areas (7) Limistéir Pleanála Teanga (26)
Counties (31) Local Electoral Areas (137) Municipal Districts (95) Provinces (4)
Regional Authorities (8) Settlements (846)    Small Areas (18,641)  
Editor's Note:
  • The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has identified 26 Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas (Limistéir Pleanála Teanga) for the purposes of the Gaeltacht Act 2012. Under the Act, the existing Gaeltacht Areas will be redesignated as Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas providing that language plans have been agreed with the communities in the various areas in accordance with the prescribed language planning criteria. Further details of these areas are available at
  • The census figures relate to the de facto population, i.e. the population recorded for each area represents the total of all persons present within its boundaries on the night of Sunday, 24 April 2016, together with all persons who arrived in that area on the morning of Monday, 25 April 2016, not having been enumerated elsewhere. Persons on board ships in port are included with the population of adjacent areas. The figures, therefore, include visitors present on Census Night as well as those in residence, while usual residents temporarily absent from the area are excluded.
  • The de facto measure of the population in April 2016 was 4,761,865 while the usually resident total was 4,689,921 - a difference of 71,944 or 1.5%. The usually resident measure is used when analysing topics such as nationality and households and families.
  • The Central Statistics Office has to date this year published two Summary Reports providing first results of all of the areas covered in Census 2016, together with three thematic reports looking at individual themes in more detail. The next thematic report to be published will be Profile 4 Households and Families, which will be available from 11.00am on Thursday 27th July. A further seven profile reports will be published between then and the end of the year. The full release schedule, and all of the reports published to date, are available at
For further information contact:

Brendan Murphy (+353) 1 895 1305 or Census Enquiries (+353) 1 895 1460

or email

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