Ireland Population (LIVE)

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Ireland Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Ireland is 4,898,914 as of Friday, October 18, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Ireland 2019 population is estimated at 4,882,495 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Ireland population is equivalent to 0.06% of the total world population.
  • Ireland ranks number 124 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Ireland is 71 per Km2 (184 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 68,890 Km2 (26,599 sq. miles)
  • 62.9 % of the population is urban (3,073,341 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Ireland is 36.8 years.

Population of Ireland (2019 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
2019 4,882,495 1.32 % 63,805 23,604 36.8 1.94 71 62.9 % 3,073,341 0.06 % 7,713,468,100 124
2018 4,818,690 1.38 % 65,411 23,604 36.8 1.94 70 63.0 % 3,034,528 0.06 % 7,631,091,040 124
2017 4,753,279 1.22 % 57,500 23,604 36.8 1.94 69 63.1 % 2,997,322 0.06 % 7,547,858,925 121
2016 4,695,779 0.93 % 43,354 23,604 36.8 1.94 68 63.1 % 2,964,988 0.06 % 7,464,022,049 121
2015 4,652,425 0.43 % 19,621 -22,364 36.5 1.97 68 63.2 % 2,939,375 0.06 % 7,379,797,139 121
2010 4,554,321 1.92 % 82,620 39,457 34.4 2.00 66 62.5 % 2,847,514 0.07 % 6,956,823,603 120
2005 4,141,223 1.83 % 71,624 40,293 33.2 1.93 60 61.5 % 2,547,885 0.06 % 6,541,907,027 123
2000 3,783,103 1.04 % 38,18316,976 31.8 1.90 55 60.2 % 2,276,738 0.06 % 6,143,493,823 123
1995 3,592,186 0.46 % 16,260 -3,075 30.1 1.96 52 58.9 % 2,116,050 0.06 % 5,744,212,979 122
1990 3,510,885 -0.00 % -19 -25,189 28.4 2.26 51 57.9 % 2,031,946 0.07 % 5,327,231,061 122
1985 3,510,979 0.73 % 25,245 -12,186 26.9 2.83 51 57.1 % 2,006,170 0.07 % 4,870,921,740 118
1980 3,384,756 1.53 % 49,516 10,353 26.3 3.25 49 56.2 % 1,900,678 0.08 % 4,458,003,514 114
1975 3,137,176 1.53 % 45,751 8,867 26.1 3.73 46 54.4 % 1,707,788 0.08 % 4,079,480,606 113
1970 2,908,421 0.59 % 16,954 -11,456 26.4 3.86 42 52.0 % 1,512,629 0.08 % 3,700,437,046 110
1965 2,823,650 0.23 % 6,451 -21,167 27.5 4.01 41 46.8 % 1,322,242 0.08 % 3,339,583,597 95
1960 2,791,397 -0.58 % -16,404 -41,448 29.2 3.58 41 45.7 % 1,275,146 0.09 % 3,034,949,748 104
1955 2,873,415 -0.27 % -7,853 -34,071 30.2 3.42 42 44.1 % 1,267,440 0.10 % 2,773,019,936 95
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Ireland Population Forecast

10,000
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationIreland
Global Rank
2020 4,937,786 1.20 % 57,072 23,604 38.2 1.84 72 63.0 % 3,111,336 0.06 % 7,794,798,739 124
2025 5,109,284 0.69 % 34,300 10,000 40.2 1.84 74 64.5 % 3,294,830 0.06 % 8,184,437,460 126
2030 5,248,041 0.54 % 27,751 10,000 41.5 1.84 76 66.4 % 3,484,384 0.06 % 8,548,487,400 126
2035 5,372,137 0.47 % 24,819 10,000 42.3 1.84 78 68.7 % 3,690,823 0.06 % 8,887,524,213 125
2040 5,489,088 0.43 % 23,390 10,000 42.8 1.84 80 71.3 % 3,914,878 0.06 % 9,198,847,240 125
2045 5,595,132 0.38 % 21,209 10,000 43.4 1.84 81 74.0 % 4,142,854 0.06 % 9,481,803,274 125
2050 5,677,615 0.29 % 16,497   44.2 1.84 82 76.7 % 4,354,062 0.06 % 9,735,033,990 125
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Ireland Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Ireland
Life Expectancy
82.81 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
1.9
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
2.2
(per 1,000 live births)
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Sex Ratio (males vs females)

Males Male % Females Female % Total Population (2020) Sex Ratio (males to females)
2,451,349 49.64% 2,486,447 50.36% 4,937,786 0.99

Population Pyramid for Ireland (2020)

Compare with years 1960, 1990, 2050, and 2080

Population by Broad Age Groups

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Age Group Males Male % Females Female % Total Age Group Population
Age Group's share of total population
0-14 527,484 51.28% 501,170 48.72% 1,028,654 20.83%
15-24 305,540 50.78% 296,180 49.22% 601,720 12.19%
25-54 1,012,982 49.44% 1,036,024 50.56% 2,049,006 41.50%
55-64 266,125 49.41% 272,459 50.59% 538,584 10.91%
65+ 339,218 47.12% 380,614 52.88% 719,832 14.58%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 1,028,654 20.83% 32.3
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 3,189,310 64.59% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 719,832 14.58% 22.6
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
1,748,486 35.41% 54.8

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 Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Ireland (1950 - 2019) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2019.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2019. 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 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2019: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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 2019: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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.

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