Ireland Population (LIVE)

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Ireland Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Ireland is 5,088,041 as of Saturday, June 15, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • Ireland 2023 population is estimated at 5,056,935 people at mid year.
  • Ireland population is equivalent to 0.06% of the total world population.
  • Ireland ranks number 125 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Ireland is 73 per Km2 (190 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 68,890 Km2 (26,599 sq. miles)
  • 63.7 % of the population is urban (3,221,262 people in 2023)
  • The median age in Ireland is 38.3 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of Ireland (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationIreland
Global Rank
2024 5,089,478 0.64 % 32,543 9,999 38.7 1.76 74 64.0 % 3,257,857 0.06 % 8,118,835,999 125
2023 5,056,935 0.67 % 33,826 9,999 38.3 1.76 73 63.7 % 3,221,262 0.06 % 8,045,311,447 125
2022 5,023,109 0.73 % 36,583 9,999 38.0 1.76 73 63.4 % 3,184,815 0.06 % 7,975,105,156 125
2020 4,946,119 1.02 % 50,100 15,320 37.3 1.77 72 62.9 % 3,111,336 0.06 % 7,840,952,880 125
2015 4,665,760 0.62 % 28,235 13,130 35.4 1.86 68 63.0 % 2,939,375 0.06 % 7,426,597,537 122
2010 4,524,585 1.89 % 80,674 -27,110 33.3 2.06 66 62.9 % 2,847,514 0.06 % 6,985,603,105 121
2005 4,121,216 1.80 % 70,453 64,192 32.4 1.87 60 61.8 % 2,547,885 0.06 % 6,558,176,119 123
2000 3,768,950 1.04 % 37,89431,230 31.5 1.89 55 60.4 % 2,276,738 0.06 % 6,148,898,975 125
1995 3,579,482 0.53 % 18,822 10,186 29.9 1.85 52 59.1 % 2,116,050 0.06 % 5,743,219,454 124
1990 3,485,374 -0.12 % -4,079 -8,183 28.3 2.11 51 58.3 % 2,031,946 0.07 % 5,316,175,862 123
1985 3,505,769 0.67 % 22,876 -15,690 26.3 2.48 51 57.2 % 2,006,170 0.07 % 4,861,730,613 117
1980 3,391,387 1.44 % 46,694 -2,183 25.5 3.20 49 56.0 % 1,900,678 0.08 % 4,444,007,706 112
1975 3,157,919 1.46 % 44,056 14,124 25.6 3.37 46 54.1 % 1,707,788 0.08 % 4,069,437,231 112
1970 2,937,637 0.59 % 17,047 -8,610 26.1 3.85 43 51.5 % 1,512,629 0.08 % 3,695,390,336 110
1965 2,852,401 0.29 % 8,267 -13,782 27.7 4.04 41 46.4 % 1,322,242 0.09 % 3,337,111,983 95
1960 2,811,067 -0.53 % -15,060 -38,971 29.2 3.78 41 45.4 % 1,275,146 0.09 % 3,019,233,434 105
1955 2,886,368 -0.14 % -4,046 -43,166 29.3 3.40 42 43.9 % 1,267,440 0.11 % 2,746,072,141 95
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Ireland Population Forecast

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YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationIreland
Global Rank
2025 5,120,867 0.70 % 34,950 9,999 39.0 1.75 74 64.3 % 3,294,830 0.06 % 8,191,988,453 125
2030 5,266,881 0.56 % 29,203 9,999 40.3 1.74 76 66.2 % 3,484,384 0.06 % 8,546,141,327 125
2035 5,403,354 0.51 % 27,295 9,999 41.1 1.73 78 68.3 % 3,690,823 0.06 % 8,879,397,401 125
2040 5,531,181 0.47 % 25,565 9,999 41.7 1.72 80 70.8 % 3,914,878 0.06 % 9,188,250,492 125
2045 5,642,439 0.40 % 22,252 9,999 42.5 1.71 82 73.4 % 4,142,854 0.06 % 9,467,543,575 123
2050 5,724,686 0.29 % 16,449   43.5 1.71 83 76.1 % 4,354,062 0.06 % 9,709,491,761 124
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Ireland Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Ireland
Life Expectancy
82.88 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
2.4
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
2.7
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in Ireland

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Dublin 1,024,027
2 Cork 190,384
3 Dun Laoghaire 185,400
4 Luimneach 90,054
5 Gaillimh 70,686
6 Tallaght 64,282
7 Waterford 47,904
8 Swords 36,924
9 Drogheda 33,441
10 Dundalk 33,428
11 Navan 24,545
12 Ennis 24,427
13 Balbriggan 23,364
14 Tralee 22,941
15 Sandyford 22,288
16 Kilkenny 21,589
17 Naas 20,713
18 Sligo 20,228
19 Carlow 20,055
20 Loch Garman 19,913
21 Finglas 19,768
22 Celbridge 19,537
23 Droichead Nua 18,860
24 Cluain Meala 17,394
25 An Muileann gCearr 17,262
26 Letterkenny 16,901
27 Blanchardstown 16,511
28 Athlone 15,951
29 Malahide 15,846
30 Leixlip 15,452
31 Donaghmede 15,299
32 Lucan 15,269

See also

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Notes

The Ireland Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Ireland delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Ireland (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Ireland in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.