A Census of Population was taken on the night of Sunday, 24 April 2016, in accordance with the Statistics (Census of Population) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 445 of 2015).
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 date of the census was chosen to coincide with a period when passenger movements were at a minimum and, consequently, the figures closely approximate to those for the normally resident population. The de facto measure of the population, referred to throughout this report, was 4,761,865 in April 2016 while the usually resident and present 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.
A temporary field force consisting of 6 Census Liaison Officers, 44 Regional Supervisors, 430 Field Supervisors and some 4,663 part-time enumerators carried out the census enumeration. During the four weeks before Census Night the enumerators visited some 2 million private residences and delivered census questionnaires to 1.7 million of these dwellings as well as to 4,140 communal establishments capable of accommodating people (such as hotels, nursing homes, etc.,) that were expected to be occupied on census night. Approximately 250,000 residences were vacant at the time of the census, while in the remaining cases the household was either enumerated elsewhere or temporarily absent from the State. The collection of completed questionnaires took place between Monday 25 April and Sunday 22 May, 2016.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) wishes to record its appreciation of the public-spirited co-operation received from households and the work carried out by the census field force.
Each enumerator first prepared and returned to the CSO a summary of the population of his/her enumeration area. These summaries formed the basis for the preliminary 2016 census results published in July 2016. The completed questionnaires for individual households were subsequently transported to the CSO for processing. The population summaries, dwelling listings and enumeration maps for individual enumeration areas were checked for consistency and used to determine the boundaries of census towns and suburbs. The capture and processing of the responses to questions on the questionnaires proceeded concurrently.
The planned publication schedule is contained in Appendix 3. Two summary reports will present highlight results primarily for the State; Census 2016 Summary Results - Part 1, looks at overall population change by county; it also examines age, marriage, households and families as well as including first results on nationality, foreign languages, the Irish language, religion and housing. The second summary report, Census 2016 Summary Results - Part 2, looks at other social and economic factors such as employment, occupations, education and skills as well as travel and health-related topics. A further eight profile reports will provide more detailed results on individual topics; the details are listed in the publication schedule.
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|Preliminary Results||14 July 2016|
|Census 2016 Summary Results - Part 1||06 April 2017|
|Profile 1 - Housing in Ireland||20 April 2017|
|Profile 2 - Population Distribution and Movements||11 May 2017|
|Census 2016 Summary Results - Part 2||15 June 2017|
|Profile 3 - An Age Profile of Ireland||06 July 2017|
|Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS)||20 July 2017|
|POWSCAR - Research micro data file||20 July 2017|
|Profile 4 - Households and Families||27 July 2017|
|Profile 5 - Homeless Persons in Ireland||10 August 2017|
|Profile 6 - Commuting in Ireland||31 August 2017|
|Profile 7 - Migration and Diversity||21 September 2017|
|Profile 8 - Irish Travellers, Ethnicity and Religion||12 October 2017|
|Profile 9 - Health, Disability and Carers||02 November 2017|
|Profile 10 - Education, Skills and the Irish Language||23 November 2017|
|Profile 11 - Employment, Occupations and Industry||14 December 2017|
Interactive web tables will accompany each publication