Census 2016 Results

The second thematic report of Census 2016, Profile 2 – Population Distribution and Movements, is published today. The topics examined in this publication are the geographical distribution of the population, population density and internal migration. The next report , Summary Results Part 2, will be published on the 15th of June at 11am.
Census 2016, Profile 2 - Population Distribution and Movements
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What is the Census?

The census is a detailed account of everybody who is in the country on census night. On 24th April everybody is Ireland was required to enter their details on a census form.

The importance of the census is that it accounts for everybody in the country no matter where they are. The results provide invaluable information on not only population size for the country as a whole, but also about the make-up of the population of towns, villages, and other small areas across the country. As well as collecting information on the age and sex of the population, a range of different questions relating to households and individuals are also asked such as where and what people work at, how people travel to work, school and college, languages spoken, disabilities, families, housing and lots more.

Who conducts the Census?

The census is conducted by the Central Statistics Office (CSO)

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The Census Form

The main household census form caters for up to six persons present in the household on Census Night. There are 35 questions on the form which must be answered in respect of each individual who is present in the household . Read more...

Census in School

Learning about the census and about how to effectively use census and other statistical data is a key part of our education. It helps us to understand our society and our role as responsible citizens in participating in that society. Read more....