AKC News // Population of the Greater Dublin Area to reach 2 million by 2021

The population of the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) is projected to increase by over half a million persons in the period to 2021 based on a regional breakdown of previously published national population projections. The GDA covers counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.

The main features of the regional projections are:

  • All regions will experience population growth over the 19-year period 2002 to 2021.
  • The fastest growing areas will be the Mid-East (+51%), followed by the West (+35%). These areas will grow due to natural increase and international migration and will also gain population through internal migration movements from the remaining six regions.
  • All regions are projected to benefit from external migration (i.e. there will be more immigrants into the various regions than emigrants from them). The regions projected to gain most will be Dublin (+232,000 persons) and the West (+60,000).
  • The Mid-East will gain most (+58,000) from internal migration over the projection period. Dublin is projected to lose out to other regions because of internal migration, with 112,000 more persons leaving the region than entering it. The Mid-West will also lose out, albeit on a smaller scale (-4,000), while all other regions are projected to gain from internal migration flows.
  • Births will exceed deaths in each of the regions, with the excess being most pronounced for Dublin (+197,000 persons) and the Mid-East (+101,000).
  • The GDA, which currently makes up 39.2 per cent of the population of the State, is projected to account for 40.7 per cent of the total projected population of 5 million in 2021.

The full report is available from the CSO website or click hereto download the PDF document.

Date : 26-05-2005