The release of Census 2016 data provides a welcome opportunity to examine the socio-economic and demographic profile of the Limerick Metropolitan area. The latest Census shows that the population of the area has increased by 3% since the previous census in 2011. While the outer suburban areas are by far the most populated communities, it is the city centre area that has seen the biggest rise in population and which now has a significantly larger immigrant population. On the other hand, the Regeneration communities have continued to experience significant population decline.
The Census data also reveals that just under a fifth of the total population (19.6%) live in communities that continue to experience high levels of socio-economic disadvantage with higher rates of unemployment, lower rates of educational achievement, higher representation among the unskilled/low-skilled socio-economic groupings, high low parent rates, and higher age dependency rates. These comprise mainly of the Regeneration and neighbouring communities of Moyross, St. Mary’s Park, Ballinacurra Weston/Prospect, and Southill as well as neighbouring communities of Ballynanty, Kileely, Thomondgate, and Garryowen.
To download an overview of the Limerick Metropolitan area, click here: Limerick Metropolitan Area Profile – Census 2016