Metropolitan Cork

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Metropolitan Cork is an unofficial term which refers to the city of Cork, Ireland, its suburbs, rural hinterland that surround it and many towns and villages in that hinterland. The term was used in the Cork Area Strategic Plan to refer to the area whose labour and property market is shared with the city.[1] The plan declares that it is envisaged as an area with "an integrated transport system, and the social, cultural and educational facilities of a modern European city.".[2] Metropolitan Cork is the core employment hub of the Greater Cork area.

According to the CATS(Cork Area Transit System) Study Final Report (Feb 2010) the metropolitan area covers 820km2 and 300,000 people. According to the 2011 Irish Census:

  • Cork city 120,000 and 40km2
  • Cork city plus immediate contiguous urban suburbs 198,000 and 164.6km2
  • Cork metropolitan area has approximately 300,000 and 820km2

The term is loosely defined but has been taken by authorities to include the city of Cork, its suburbs and the towns of Ballincollig, Blarney, Carrigaline, Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Crosshaven, Glanmire, Glounthaune, Midleton, Passage West and Ringaskiddy. Also included are many rural areas and small villages.[citation needed][3]

Greater Cork[edit]

This area consists of the Cork metropolitan area plus the ring towns and their hinterlands within a 45 minutes drive of Cork city. This enlarged area has a population of about 400,000 covering some 4,102 km2. It includes ring towns such as Bandon, Bantry, Charleville, Clonakilty, Fermoy, Kinsale, Macroom, Mallow, Mitchelstown, Skibereen and Youghal.

Population[edit]

Population totals[edit]

Year Cork city Cork city and suburbs Metropolitan Cork Greater Cork
2000 123,810 [4] 251,510 [4] 345,100 [4]
2001 123,600 [5] 253,000 [5]
2002 123,062† 186,239†
2006 119,418† 274,000 [5] 370,900 (L) - 377,000 (M) - 380,400 (H) [6]
2011 119,230 399,216 379,600 (L) - 397,800 (M) - 409,000 (H) [6]
Note: † indicates official census figures from the CSO. All other figures are estimates or projections from Cork City Council and/or Cork County Council.[citation needed]
Note: (L), (M) and (H) indicate low-migration, medium-migration and high-migration scenarios respectively.
Note: — indicates no available data.

By area[edit]

Electoral Division Population[7]
Cork City
Cork City 119,230
County Cork
Ballincollig 17,965
Bishopstown
Carrigaline 14,775
Douglas 20,937
Inishkenny 5,522
Lehenagh 9,898
Monkstown Urban 5,122
Monkstown Rural 1,007
Ballynaglogh 427
Blackpool 955
Caherlag 6,958
Carriganavar 1,189
Carrigtwohill 6,665
Cobh Urban 6,500
Cobh Rural 7,534
Glenville
Killeagh 605
Knockraha 1,358
Rathrcooney 8,181
Riverstown 4,565
St Marys 5,158
Whitechurch 2,813
Ovens 2,090
Carrigrohane Beg 1,425
Blarney 5,310
Greenfort 736
Matehy 2,783
Firmount 665
Gowlane 1,175
Dripsey 1,466
Magourney 1,065
Aglish 1,366
Watergrasshill 1,319
Gortroe 743
Templebodan 574
Lisgoold 949
Templenacarriga 572
Ballygroman 1,572
Knockavilly 427
Dunderrow 1,609
Ballymurphy 1,016
Templemichael 695
Ballymartle 1,185
Ballygarvan 1,722
Cullen 492
Liscleary 4,385
Kilpatrick 479
Kilmonogue 1,235
Ballyfeard 358
Kilbonane 1,271
Corkbeg 2,574
TOTAL 169,392

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Coordinates: 51°54′N 08°28′W / 51.900°N 8.467°W / 51.900; -8.467