List of urban areas in the Republic of Ireland by population

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Dublin, the capital of Ireland

This is a list of urban areas in the Republic of Ireland by population. The one hundred largest towns are listed below. Populations are from the 2016 Irish census[1] and represent the entire settlement area of each town and city (including suburbs and environs). For convenience, all cities included are shown in bold.

Cities and towns list[edit]

1st, Dublin
2nd, Cork
4th, Galway
7th, Swords
8th, Dundalk
9th, Bray
10th, Navan
11th, Kilkenny
12th, Ennis
13th, Carlow
Rank
2016
Change
since 2011
Urban Area County Population 2016 Increase
since 2011
1 Steady 0 Dublin County Dublin 1,173,179[2] 5.6%
2 Steady 0 Cork County Cork 208,669[3] 5.1%
3 Steady 0 Limerick County Limerick & County Clare 94,192[4] 3.0%
4 Steady 0 Galway County Galway 79,934[5] 4.1%
5 Steady 0 Waterford County Waterford & County Kilkenny 53,504[6] 3.9%
6 Steady 0 Drogheda County Louth & County Meath 40,956[7] 6.2%
7 Increase 1 Swords[a] Fingal 39,248[8] 6.3%
8 Decrease 1 Dundalk County Louth 39,004[9] 3.1%
9 Steady 0 Bray County Wicklow & County Dublin 32,600[10] 2.3%
10 Steady 0 Navan County Meath 30,173[11] 5.7%
11 Increase 1 Kilkenny[b] County Kilkenny 26,512[12] 8.6%
12 Decrease 1 Ennis County Clare 25,276[13] -0.3%
13 Increase 1 Carlow County Carlow & County Laois 24,272[14] 5.4%
14 Decrease 1 Tralee County Kerry 23,691[15] -0.0%
15 Steady 0 Newbridge County Kildare 22,742[16] 5.5%
16 Increase 2 Port Laoise County Laois 22,050[17] 9.5%
17 Increase 4 Balbriggan Fingal 21,722[18] 8.8%
18 Decrease 2 Naas County Kildare 21,393[19] 3.3%
19 Decrease 2 Athlone County Westmeath & County Roscommon 21,349[20] 5.9%
20 Decrease 1 Mullingar County Westmeath 20,928[21] 4.1%
21 Increase 2 Celbridge County Kildare 20,288 3.8%
22 Decrease 2 Wexford County Wexford 20,188 0.6%
23 Decrease 1 Letterkenny County Donegal 19,274 -1.6%
24 Steady 0 Sligo County Sligo 19,199 -1.3%
25 Increase 1 Greystones County Wicklow 18,140 3.8%
26 Decrease 1 Clonmel County Tipperary & County Waterford 17,140 -4.3%
27 Steady 0 Malahide Fingal 16,550 4.4%
28 Increase 1 Carrigaline County Cork 15,770 6.7%
29 Decrease 1 Leixlip County Kildare 15,504 0.3%
30 Steady 0 Tullamore County Offaly 14,607 1.7%
31 Increase 2 Maynooth County Kildare 14,585 16.6%
32 Decrease 1 Killarney County Kerry 14,504 2.0%
33 Decrease 1 Arklow County Wicklow 13,163 1.2%
34 Steady 0 Cobh County Cork 12,800 3.7%
35 Increase 3 Ashbourne County Meath 12,679 11.7%
36 Steady 0 Midleton County Cork 12,496 4.1%
37 Steady 0 Mallow County Cork 12,459 7.4%
38 Decrease 3 Castlebar County Mayo 12,068 -2.0%
39 Increase 1 Laytown-Bettystown-Mornington-Donacarney County Meath 11,872 9.0%
40 Increase 1 Enniscorthy County Wexford 11,381 5.0%
41 Increase 3 Cavan County Cavan 10,914 6.4%
42 Steady 0 Wicklow County Wicklow 10,584 2.2%
43 Steady 0 Tramore County Waterford 10,381 0.5%
44 Decrease 5 Ballina County Mayo 10,171 -8.3%
45 Increase 2 Skerries Fingal 10,043 3.8%
46 Increase 2 Longford County Longford 10,008 4.2%
47 Increase 4 Rush Fingal 9,943 7.7%
48 Increase 4 Gorey County Wexford 9,822[22] 7.8%
49 Decrease 3 Shannon County Clare 9,729 0.6%
50 Decrease 5 Athy County Kildare 9,677 -2.5%
51 Increase 2 Ratoath County Meath 9,533 5.4%
52 Decrease 2 Portmarnock Fingal 9,466 1.9%
53 Decrease 4 Dungarvan County Waterford 9,227 -2.1%
54 Increase 1 Trim County Meath 9,194 11.2%
55 Decrease 1 Nenagh County Tipperary 8,968 6.3%
56 Steady 0 Tuam County Galway 8,767 6.4%
57 Increase 1 Kildare County Kildare 8,634 6.0%
58 Increase 3 Portarlington County Laois & County Offaly 8,368 7.4%
59 Decrease 2 New Ross County Wexford 8,040 -1.4%
60 Steady 0 Youghal County Cork 7,963 2.2%
61 Decrease 2 Thurles County Tipperary 7,940 0.1%
62 Increase 1 Lusk Fingal 7,786 10.9%
63 Decrease 1 Monaghan County Monaghan 7,678 3.0%
64 Increase 3 Donabate Fingal 7,443 9.8%
65 Decrease 1 Edenderry County Offaly 7,359 5.5%
66 Increase 2 Clane County Kildare 7,280 8.6%
67 Decrease 2 Dunboyne County Meath 7,272 4.5%
68 Increase 2 Bandon County Cork 6,957 4.8%
69 Decrease 3 Buncrana County Donegal 6,785 -0.8%
70 Decrease 1 Ballinasloe County Galway & County Roscommon 6,662 0.0%
71 Increase 6 Kinsealy-Drinan Fingal 6,643 14.3%
72 Steady 0 Newcastle West County Limerick 6,619 4.6%
73 Decrease 2 Fermoy County Cork 6,585 1.5%
74 Decrease 1 Westport County Mayo 6,198 2.2%
75 Steady 0 Kells County Meath 6,135 4.2%
76 Increase 4 Kilcock County Kildare 6,093 10.1%
77 Increase 2 Roscommon County Roscommon 5,876 3.2%
78 Increase 5 Sallins County Kildare 5,849 10.7%
79 Decrease 1 Passage West County Cork 5,843 0.9%
80 Decrease 6 Carrick-on-Suir County Tipperary & County Waterford 5,771 -2.7%
81 Decrease 5 Birr County Offaly & County Tipperary 5,741 -1.3%
82 Increase 3 Loughrea County Galway 5,556 9.8%
83 Increase 3 Blessington County Wicklow 5,520 10.2%
84 Decrease 2 Roscrea County Tipperary 5,446 0.8%
85 Increase 4 Kinsale County Cork 5,281 7.9%
86 Increase 9 Carrigtwohill County Cork 5,080 11.6%
87 Increase 1 Carrickmacross County Monaghan 5,032 2.2%
88 Increase 4 Oranmore County Galway 4,990 4.0%
89 Decrease 6 Tipperary County Tipperary 4,979 -6.2%
90 Decrease 3 Ardee County Louth 4,928 0.0%
91 Decrease 1 Ballybofey-Stranorlar County Donegal 4,852 0.0%
92 Decrease 1 Listowel County Kerry 4,820 -0.2%
93 Steady 0 Mountmellick County Laois 4,777 0.9%
94 Increase 6 Tullow County Carlow 4,673 17.6%
95 Decrease 1 Clonakilty County Cork 4,592 -2.7%
96 Increase 5 Athenry County Galway 4,445 12.5%
97 Decrease 1 Cashel County Tipperary 4,422 9.2%
98 Increase new Rathcoole South Dublin 4,351 27.2%
99 Increase new Monasterevin County Kildare 4,246 14.4%
100 Decrease 4 Kilcoole County Wicklow 4,239 4.7%

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Swords is the county town of Fingal, an administrative county within the traditional County Dublin.
  2. ^ Kilkenny, while officially a town, may legally call itself a city. (Local Government Act, 2001 §10(16) and Local Government Act, 2001 §11(16).)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census 2016". Central Statistics Office.
  2. ^ "Settlement Dublin City And Suburbs". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Settlement Cork City And Suburbs". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Settlement Limerick City And Suburbs". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Settlement Galway City And Suburbs". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Settlement Waterford City And Suburbs". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Settlement Drogheda". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Settlement Swords". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Settlement Dundalk". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Settlement Bray". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Settlement Navan (An Uaimh)". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Settlement Kilkenny". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Settlement Ennis". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Settlement Carlow". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Settlement Tralee". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Settlement Droichead Nua (Newbridge)". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Settlement Portlaoise (Formerly Maryborough)". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Settlement Balbriggan". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Settlement Naas". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Settlement Athlone". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Settlement Mullingar". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Settlement Gorey". Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2018.