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Characteristics of Residential Property Purchasers - Prices, Ages and Incomes at Local Electoral Areas (LEA) 2019

Leixlip, Kildare and Tallaght South, South Dublin are the Local Electoral Areas (LEAs) with lowest median age of buyers in 2019 at 34

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Frontier Series Output

This publication is categorised as a CSO Frontier Series Output. Particular care must be taken when interpreting the statistics in this release as it may use new methods which are under development and/or data sources which may be incomplete, for example new administrative data sources. 

For further information on the data sources, linking procedures and limitations of this report, see the Background Notes section.

Key Findings

  • In 2019, of the 630 dwellings purchased in Lucan, South Dublin, nearly 83% were purchased jointly, the highest proportion of joint transactions in the State.

  • For joint transactions, Pembroke, Dublin City, was the LEA with the highest median price at €750,000, while Manorhamilton, Leitrim, was the lowest at €104,000.

  • For sole transactions, Stillorgan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, was the LEA with the highest median price at €587,500, while Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim, and Boyle, Roscommon, were the joint lowest at €85,000.

  • For sole transactions, Ongar, Fingal, was the LEA with the lowest median age at 35, while Kenmare, Kerry, was the highest at 54.

  • Tallaght South, South Dublin, was the LEA with the lowest median age for joint transactions at 33, while it was highest in Bantry-West Cork, Cork County, at 53.

  • Pembroke, Dublin City, was the LEA with the highest median income for joint transactions at €162,600, while Buncrana, Donegal, had the lowest at €48,800.

  • Carrick-On-Suir, Tipperary, was the LEA with the lowest median income for sole transactions at €24,600, while Pembroke, Dublin City, was the LEA with the highest, at €74,200.

Statistician's Comment

Commenting, Seán O’Connor, Statistician, said: "Today’s Frontier publication provides further information on the characteristics of individuals purchasing residential property in Ireland in 2019, across the themes of prices, ages, income and counts of dwellings purchased. From examining the data presented today it is clear to see the regional variation of the housing market across the State.

While Characteristics of Residential Property Purchasers 2010-2019 noted that the proportion of properties purchased jointly stood at 62.2% in 2019 and 75.8% in South Dublin, in Lucan, South Dublin, this share stood at 82.5%.

Of the 45,280 dwellings purchased in 2019, the LEA with the highest number of transactions was Howth-Malahide, Fingal, at 770, followed by Naas, Kildare, at 740. In contrast, LEAs like Muinebeag, Carlow, Belmullet, Mayo, and Ballybay-Clones, Monaghan, jointly had the lowest number of transactions at 70.

Prices

The top five largest median prices were found in the Dublin urban areas of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and Dublin City. Stillorgan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, had the highest median price at €665,000, followed by Pembroke, Dublin City, at €637,000.

Boyle, Roscommon, was the LEA with the lowest median price at €96,000, followed by Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim, and Manorhamilton, Leitrim, at €100,000 and €102,000 respectively.

In Manorhamilton, Leitrim, the median price of a sole transaction was €95,000 compared with the median price of a joint transaction of €104,000. This LEA had the smallest difference between the median sole transaction and joint transaction price of €9,000. In contrast, the largest difference was in Pembroke, Dublin City, where the median price of sole transaction was €516,000 and joint transaction €750,000, which is a difference of €234,000.

Age and Income Profiles

Ongar, Fingal was the LEA with the lowest median age for sole purchasers at 35, while it stood at 33 for joint purchasers in Tallaght South, South Dublin.

While the median income of a joint purchaser was €81,500 in 2019 at a State level, at an LEA level it varied from a low of €48,800 in Buncrana, Donegal to a high of €162,600 in Pembroke, Dublin City.

While the four local authority areas of Dublin dominated the table in terms of LEA’s with the highest median joint purchaser income, Cork City South East, Cork City was the thirteenth highest LEA with a value of €110,200.

Tables and Maps

All the data contained within this publication, along with previous data is available on PxStat.

Map 1 and Table 1 below highlight the total number of market household dwelling purchases, by transaction type and local electoral area. 

Regarding the maps presented, lighter colours correspond with the LEAs containing the least number of dwelling transactions while the darker areas correspond with the LEAs containing higher numbers of dwelling transactions. This is similar for the maps which show the median values for price, age, and income. Lighter colours indicate lower median values, while darker colours indicate higher.

Users can hover their mouse over the map to see the name of the LEA and the associated value within it. Users can also zoom in on the map to see some of the LEAs that are smaller in geographical area.

As Map 1 and Table 1 illustrate, the majority of transactions occur in and around Dublin. Howth-Malahide, Fingal, was the LEA with the largest number of transactions in 2019, with 770. Of these, 530 were classed as joint transactions and the remaining 240 as sole transactions. 

In contrast, Muinebeag, Carlow, Belmullet, Mayo, and Ballybay-Clones, Monaghan, had the joint lowest number of dwelling transactions with 70. In Belmullet, Mayo, and Ballybay-Clones, Monaghan, 40 of these transactions were sole transactions, while the remainder were joint. In contrast of the 70 transactions in Muinebeag, Carlow, 20 were sole transactions while the remaining 50 were classed as joint.

Map 1: Volume of Sales, All transactions, by Local Electoral Area
Table 1 Volume of Sales, by filings, by transaction class, by LEA

Map 2 and Table 2 present the median price of market household dwelling purchases, by transaction type and local electoral area. 

Across all transaction types in 2019, Stillorgan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, had the highest median price with a value of €665,000.

For sole transactions Stillorgan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, had the highest median price with a value €587,500, while Pembroke, Dublin City, was the LEA with highest median price for a joint transaction at €750,000.

Boyle, Roscommon, and Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim, both had the lowest median price for a sole transaction in 2019, at €85,000. Manorhamilton, Leitrim, had the lowest median price for a joint transaction with a median price of €104,000.

Map 2: Median price of dwelling purchase, all transactions, by LEA
Table 2 Median price, by filings, by transaction class, by LEA

Map 3 and Table 3 highlight the median age of purchasers, by transaction type and across LEA.

The median age at a State level for purchasers stood at 38 in 2019 with a low of 34 in Tallaght South, South Dublin, and Leixlip, Kildare, and a high of 52 in Bantry-West Cork, Cork County.

While the median age of a sole purchaser was 42 at a State level in 2019, the lowest was 35 in Ongar, Fingal, and the highest was 54 in Kenmare, Kerry.

For joint purchasers the median age stood at 38 at a State level, with a high of 53 in Bantry-West Cork, Cork County, and a low of 33 Tallaght South, South Dublin.

Map 3: Median age of purchasers, all transactions, by LEA
Table 3 Median age, by filings, by transaction class, by LEA

Map 4 and Table 4 present the median income of market household dwelling purchases, by transaction type and local electoral area. 

Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, had the highest median income in 2019 with a value of €134,700 and Ballybay-Clones, Monaghan, the lowest with a median of €38,000.

Broken out by sole and joint purchasers, the highest median income for sole purchasers was in Pembroke, Dublin City, at €74,200 and also in Pembroke, Dublin City, for joint purchasers at €162,600.

The lowest median income for sole purchasers was in Carrick-On-Suir, Tipperary, with a value of €24,600 and Buncrana, Donegal, for joint purchasers at €48,800.

Map 4: Median income of purchasers, all transactions, by LEA
Table 4 Median income, by filings, by transaction class, by LEA