Swords is Dublin’s largest town

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

SWORDS is of­fi­cially the largest town in Dublin and the sec­ond largest in the coun­try ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures re­lease by the Cen­tral Statis­tics Of­fice from the 2016 Cen­sus.

The Fingal cap­i­tal now has a pop­u­la­tion of some 39,251 ac­cord­ing to the Cen­sus fig­ures and comes sec­ond in the coun­try, only to Drogheda. There is an im­por­tant anom­aly in the fig­ures as the area of Kin­sealy and Dri­nan is counted sep­a­rately in the Cen­sus fig­ures and if you in­clude that area with Swords, it takes the greater Swords area to a pop­u­la­tion of over 45,000, com­fort­ably ex­ceed­ing the pop­u­la­tion of Drogheda which is 40,956.

Swords as de­fined by the CSO in­creased its pop­u­la­tion by 6.3% since the last Cen­sus in 2011 but that Kin­sealy and Dri­nan area had the great­est level of growth in Fingal, climb­ing 14.3% in the same pe­riod.

There was big news for Bal­brig­gan in the lat­est Cen­sus 2016 fig­ures too, as the north Fingal town broke through the 20,000 pop­u­la­tion mark for the first time with 21,723 peo­ple now liv­ing in the town, up 8.8% on the 2011 fig­ure.

Malahide was the next most pop­u­lous town in the north county with a pop­u­la­tion of 16,550 al­though its rise in pop­u­la­tion since 2011 was some­what smaller that ei­ther Swords or Bal­brig­gan at just 4.4%.

Sk­er­ries also passes a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in its his­tory in th­ese fig­ures, which show the coastal town ex­ceed­ing 10,000 res­i­dents for the first time, al­beit by just 44 peo­ple. That rep­re­sents a 3.9% in­crease on the 2011 Sk­er­ries pop­u­la­tion.

The two towns on the Don­abate and Por­trane penin­sula have very dif­fer­ent sto­ries to tell in th­ese lat­est Cen­sus 2016 fig­ures. Don­abate ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant growth since 2011, record­ing a pop­u­la­tion of 9.8% to 7,443 res­i­dents.

Don­abate’s near neigh­bour of Por­trane was ac­tu­ally the only ma­jor town in Fingal to see pop­u­la­tion fall.

Por­trane’s pop­u­la­tion fell by 9.9% from 1.372 in 2011 to 1,236 in 2016 which could be at least par­tially ex­plained by the de­pop­u­la­tion of St Ita’s Hos­pi­tal. Lusk ex­pe­ri­enced one of the high­est rates of in­crease in pop­u­la­tion in the county at some 10.9%. The town has ex­panded from 7,022 res­i­dents in 2011 to 7,786 in 2016.

Rush is get­ting closer in pop­u­la­tion to its neigh­bours in Sk­er­ries and is close to break­ing the 10,000 pop­u­la­tion bar­rier, with 9,943 res­i­dents now liv­ing in the town, an in­crease of some 7.7% on 2011.

Port­marnock is also edging to­wards that 10,000 mark with a pop­u­la­tion of 9,446 which rep­re­sented one of the small­est in­creases in pop­u­la­tion in the county since 2011, at just 1.9%.

The fig­ures were re­leased last Thurs­day by the Cen­tral Statis­tics Of­fice as it pub­lished the sec­ond in the se­ries of eleven the­matic re­ports from Cen­sus 2016 – Pro­file 2: Pop­u­la­tion Dis­tri­bu­tion and Move­ments.

The pop­u­la­tion of Dublin is up 5.8% ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures which records the new Dublin pop­u­la­tion at a whop­ping 1,347,359 peo­ple.

Swords is now Dublin’s largest town ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures re­leased by the CSO.

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