Quarter of Laois lives in Portlaoise finds Census 2016

Rural dwellers outnumber townies and 38,859 'blow-ins'

Quarter of Laois lives in Portlaoise finds Census 2016
By Express Reporter news@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

A majority of Laois people still live in rural areas but more than a quarter of the county's population lives in Portlaoise, while nearly half the county's resident were not natives, according the 2016 Census.

Of a total population of 84,697 in Laois in April 2016, 48.4% (40,979 persons) lived in urban areas, while 51.6% (43,718 persons) living in rural areas. This bucks the national trend which sees 62.7% living in urban areas, and 37.3% in rural areas.

The data is contained in the lastest information released by the Central Statistics Office.

Portlaoise, with a population of 22,050 was the largest town in the county, and was also the fastest growing town between 2011 and 2016.

Of the 3,667 Laois residents who moved in the year to April 2016, most (2,408) moved elsewhere within the county.

Only 322 of 1,487 Laois households who moved in the year preceding the census bought their new home with a mortgage or loan, while 964 rented their accommodation.

The figures are also revealing about the backgrounds of people living in Laois.

Some 44.7% of people, or 38,859 people, living here were born outside Laois.