Saturday 17 November 2018

Huge growth over five year period in town of Balbriggan

BALBRIGGAN'S overwhelming growth in population continued apace between 2006 and 2011 and the broad electoral area of Balbriggan now has a population of more than 20,000 for the first time.

Analysing the Census figures for Balbriggan is fraught with difficult because the figures in growth in what the CSO define as the ' town' of Balbriggan would lead you to believe that the town has almost tripled in size, growing by some 196%. That however, does not reflect the reality on the ground and is more to do with a town boundary change in the middle of the two Census surveys. For a more accurate picture of the growth of the town in the period, the figures for the Balbriggan electoral area are best used. That shows about a 39% growth in the town's population overall with almost 60% growth in the part of the town still somewhat ironically called 'Balbriggan Rural'. This so-called rural part of town now houses more than twice the population of the district known as Balbriggan Urban and certainly the Census figures suggest it is time for a name change here.