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County Incomes and Regional GDP


Disposable Income Per Person, 2014 and 2015
Border, Midlands and Western17,08717,879
Southern and Eastern20,07421,246
Mid East18,98620,441
Mid West19,41420,353
South East18,52319,503
South West18,94519,774

Average Income Highest in Dublin Region in 2015

Figure 1 Disposable Income per Person Percentage Deviation from State Average
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The Dublin region had the highest average disposable income per person in 2015. At €23,298 it was 14.5% higher than the State figure of €20,334 and approximately 6.3% higher than the figure of €21,919 (revised) for 2014.
Of the remaining seven regions, only the Mid West at €20,353 and the Mid East at €20,441 had an average disposable income per person on a par with the State average of €20,334. The Border region with €17,641 (€16,743 revised 2014) fared worst among the eight regions at approximately 13.2% below the State average.The Midland region with €17,846 was the second lowest at approximately 12.2% below the state average.

The gap between the maximum and minimum value of per capita disposable income on a regional basis, increased  from  €5,175 (revised) in 2014  to €5,656  in 2015, due to  Dublin regional incomes increasing  by  €1,379 (6.3%)  while those  of  the lowest region, Border, increased   by  €898  (5.3%). See Table 3.

Dublin continues to remain the only region with higher per capita disposable income than the State average during the entire 2006-2015 period while the Midland, Border and West regions continue to earn less than the State average. However this year for the first time since 2008 the Mid East per capita disposable incomes have exceeded the state average.

Viewed from this longer term perspective (i.e. from 2006 onwards) the divergence in income between the regions and Dublin was at its lowest in 2010 but has continued to widen each year since then.

The lowest difference between maximum and minimum per capita disposable incomes was €1,017 between the Mid-West and Dublin in 2011 while the largest difference was €5,656 between the Border region and Dublin in 2015.

County Income

 While the county figures involve uncertainty they do provide a useful indication of the degree of variability at county level.  Dublin, Limerick and  Kildare  are the only counties where per capita disposable income exceeded the state average in 2015 with Meath, Wicklow, Waterford and Cork just below.

At the other end of the spectrum, some counties have never had per capita disposable income greater than the State average during the entire period 2004 to 2015.

Primary income plays a major role

Total household income is defined as primary income plus social transfers. Disposable household income is then this household income minus taxes. In the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Galway, primary income exceeded disposable income in 2015  (see  Table 1). These are the counties with high employment rates as indicated in the results of the 2016 Census.


Tables 1 to 8 show all the county income information and tables 9 to 15a show regional Gross Value Added (GVA) information.

Tables 16 and onwards have been omitted from the release as they contain data that can be accessed through the CSO's Statbank facility (link to statbank is in the information box).

Due to confidentiality issues arising from the changes in the National Accounts for 2015 certain data for certain regions have had to suppressed. For more information see:

From next year onwards (Regional 2016 release) the new NUTS 2016 classification will be implemented as required.