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Saturday 16 December 2017

Two-thirds of people living in Royal County were born somewhere else, figures show

Galway city and suburbs draws residents from a wide range of counties. Picture: Richard Cummins / Lonely Planet Images
Galway city and suburbs draws residents from a wide range of counties. Picture: Richard Cummins / Lonely Planet Images

Paul Melia and Mick Kerrigan

You aren't born in Meath... you just end up living there. Some 65pc of people living in the Royal County were born somewhere else, the highest proportion in the country.

A fascinating picture of our settlement patterns also shows that Corkonians are the least likely to move to another county, with just 17pc of those who moved in the year to April 2016 going to another county. In fact, the Rebel County has the lowest number of 'outsiders' living there at just 25pc of the county's population.

There are just 100 Longford-born people living in Cork, and just 82 from Leitrim, the Census 2016 data notes. On the other hand, Galway city and suburbs drew its Irish-born residents from a wider range of counties, with just under 39,000 of the 57,300 Irish-born residents born in the county. And the CSO 'Population Distribution and Movements' report also shows that people born in Donegal tend to remain near their homeplace - just 13pc of natives are usually resident in another county.

It also shows that some 263,551 usual residents aged one year and over moved in the 12 months leading up to April 2016, down 3.5pc on the 2011 figure of 273,239.

Of these, 94,182 moved within Dublin. And while the capital is the biggest draw for people moving from one county to another - 14,000 people moved to the capital in the 12 months prior to the census being taken in April 2016 - some 18,700 left. Most went to Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, the commuter counties where housing is more affordable.

More than half of all people living in Kill and Johnstown in Kildare, and Ratoath in Meath, are Dublin-born. However, Dubliners are almost as reluctant as Corkonians to move, with just 20pc of Dublin-based movers relocating to another county.

More than half of those moving are aged between 20 and 34, but that they are taking longer to move.

In 2011, the peak age for moving was 25. This has increased to 28 year in the last five years.

Irish Independent

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