Principal Socio-Economic Census Results


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Persons aged 15 years and over by sex, Economic status, marital status, age group, province, county and city, status in family nucleus, type of family unit, nationality, labour force employment status, industrial group, occupational group, socio-economic group, social class, age full time education ceased, highest level of education completed, subject in which qualification is held; labour force participation rate by province, county and city. Children at school, students at school and college and persons at work by sex, distance travelled to school/college/work, time leaving home and means of travel. Persons with a disability by sex, age group and percentage disabled. Also information on unpaid personal help provided, voluntary activity, motor car availability, computer ownership and access to the internet. Information is supplied in the Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) classified by Census Enumeration Areas, Dáil Constituencies, Electoral Divisions, Gaeltacht Areas, Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts, Local Electoral Areas, Towns, Urban and Rural areas of each county.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Census of Population.


The census figures relate to the de facto population, i.e. the figures include visitors present on census night as well as those in residence, while usual residents temporarily absent from the area are excluded from the census count. Frequency


Every 5 years

Reference period

A night in April of the relevant census year

Start date



About 14 months after the date of the census (report); about 18 months after the date of the census (Small Area Population Statistics)


  • Economic status
    At work; Looking for first regular job; Unemployed having lost or given up previous job; Student; Looking after home/family; Retired; Unable to work due to permanent sickness or disability; Other.
  • Marital status
    Single; Married; Separated; Widowed.
  • Age
    15-19 years; 20-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; 65+ years.
  • Province
    Leinster; Munster; Connacht; Ulster (part).
  • County or City
    The 34 administrative counties.
  • Family unit
    Husband and wife (or couple) without children; Husband and wife (or couple) with children; Lone parent with children.
  • Nationality
    Irish; United Kingdom; EU15 excluding Ireland and UK; EU15 to EU25 accession states; Other.
  • Employment status
    At work (Employer or own account worker; Employee; Assisting relative); Looking for first regular job; Unemployed having lost or given up previous job.
  • Economic sector
    Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Mining, quarrying and turf production; Manufacturing industries; Electricity, gas and water supply; Construction; Wholesale and retail trade; Hotels and restaurants; Transport, storage and communications; Banking and financial services; Real estate, renting and business activities; Public administration and defence; Education; Health and social work; Other community, social and personal services activities.
  • Occupational groups
    Farming, fishing and forestry workers; Electrical trades workers; Engineering and allied trades workers; Textile, clothing and leather workers; Food, drink and tobacco production workers; Chemical, paper, wood, rubber, plastics and printing workers; Other manufacturing workers; Building and construction workers; Managers and executives; Communication, warehouse and transport workers; Clerical and office workers; Sales occupations; Business and commerce occupations; Computer software occupations; Scientific and technical occupations; Health and related workers; Social workers and related occupations; Religious occupations; Other professional workers; Personal service and childcare workers; Teachers; Central and local government workers; Garda Síochána; Army occupations; Other gainful occupations.
  • Socio-economic group
    A Employers and managers; B Higher professional; C Lower professional; D Non-manual; E Manual skilled; F Semi-skilled; G Unskilled; H Own account workers; I Farmers; J Agricultural workers; Z All others gainfully occupied and unknown.
  • Social class
    Professional workers; Managerial and technical; Non-manual; Skilled manual; Semi-skilled; Unskilled; All others gainfully occupied and unknown.
  • Age education ceased
    Less than 15 years; 15 to 24 years individually listed; 25+ years; Not stated.
  • Education level
    Primary (incl no formal education); Lower secondary; Upper secondary; Third level non-degree; Third level degree or higher.
  • Third level qualification, subject or branch
    Education; Humanities and arts; Social sciences, business, law; Life science, physical science, mathematics and statistics; Computing; Engineering, manufacturing and construction; Agriculture and veterinary; Health; Social services; Services; Not stated; Multiple subjects.
  • Travel means
    On foot; Bicycle; Bus, minibus or coach; Train, DART or LUAS; Motor cycle or scooter; Motor car (Driver; Passenger); Lorry or van; Other means; Work mainly at or from home; Not stated.
  • Voluntary activity
    Helping or voluntary work with a social or charitable organisation; Helping or voluntary work with a religious group or church; Helping or voluntary work with a sporting organisation; Helping or voluntary work with a political or cultural organisation; Any other voluntary activity.


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