The population of Ireland increased by 3.8% between 2011 and 2016. The largest increase at a regional level was in Dublin at 5.8% followed by the Mid-East region at 5.3%. The Border (0.6%) and Mid-West (1.2%) had the smallest percentage increases over this time period.
At county level, Fingal (8%), Meath (5.9%) and Kildare (5.8%) had the largest percentage increases between 2011 and 2016 while there were decreases in Donegal (-1.2%) and Mayo (-0.1%).
Four counties had percentage increases of less than 1% over the same time period: Sligo, Tipperary, Roscommon and Leitrim.
In 2016 28.3% of the population of Ireland lived in Dublin while 14.5% lived in the Mid-East. Thus just under 43% of all Irish people lived in the Dublin or the Mid-East regions in 2016.
The proportion of people living in Dublin and the Mid-East increased slightly between 2011 and 2016 while there was no change in the proportions living in the South-East or the South-West.
Between 2011 and 2016, the proportion of people living in the Border, Midland, West and Mid-West regions declined.
More than half of the population of the Border and West regions lived in rural areas in 2016 compared to just 1.8% of Dublin residents.
Over 87% of people living in Dublin were resident in towns of 100,000 or more while 30.2% of people in the South-West were in towns of this size. No other regions in Ireland had towns of 100,000 people or more.
About a quarter of the population of Meath, Laois and Fingal was under 15 years of age
Four out of ten people living in Dublin in 2016 were in the professional worker or managerial & technical social classes, compared to three out of ten people living in the Border region.
In Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, more than half (55.9%) of people were in the professional work or managerial & technical social classes, while Longford had the smallest proportion in this class at just 27.8%.
The skilled manual and semi-skilled social classes accounted for 28.7% of people living in the Border in 2016 compared to 20.1% of people living in Dublin.
At county level, Monaghan had the highest proportion of people in the skilled manual and semi-skilled classes at 32.2% compared to only 12.6% in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.