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Most popular birthday? Most popular car? Dearest place to live? CSO publishes annual yearbook

The CSO published the yearbook to coincide with World Statistics Day.
Oct 20th 2017, 12:46 PM 44,667 28

THE CENTRAL STATISTICS Office (CSO) has published its statistical yearbook for this year, detailing a range of figures about the people of Ireland.

Released to coincide with World Statistics Day, the yearbook is primarily made up with stats compiled by the CSO this year, and puts them all in one place.

Here is a breakdown of some the main stats in the yearbook:


cso yearbook Source: CSO

  • 63,897 babies were born last year, and 36.5% of them were outside marriage.
  • 295 of these births were to mothers aged 45 and over.
  • There were 22,626 marriages last year, including 1,056 same-sex marriages.
  • Between 2008 and 2014, more babies were born on 1 October than any other day.
  • You can find out how popular your birthday is here.
  • There were 1,218,370 families in the country on Census night, which is a 51% rise since 1996.
  • The average number of children per family was 1.38, down from 1.82 in 1996.
  • There were 2,014,900 people employed in Ireland in 2016.


  • 94% of households in Dublin said that they had internet access in the first quarter of 2017. In the border regions, this figure was only 83%.
  • 16% of people in 2017 had never used the internet. Furthermore, 4% of people aged 16-29 had never used it.
  • Over a third (36.4%) of people aged 15-64 had a third level qualification.
  • There were 188,178 full-time third-level students in 2015/16, a 910% increase since 1965/66.
  • The at risk of poverty rate was 16.9% in 2015.
  • The price of property in Dublin rose 57.5% between 2012 and 2016, and 34.1% in the rest of the country.
  • You can find the dearest and cheapest places to buy a property with the interactive Eircode map.
  • The average annual earnings for full-time employees in 2016 was €45,611, while the part-time employees earned €16,597 on average.

Tourism and transport

  • Last year, 9.6 million overseas trips were made by non-residents to Ireland. People coming from the UK totalled 3.9 million.
  • We spent €6.5 billion on 7.6 million trips abroad.
  • There were 9.3 million “staycations”, or holidays by Irish people in Ireland, where we spent €1.8 billion.
  • There were 141,931 new private cars licensed in 2016. You can find the most popular cars in Ireland here.
  • Last year, 32.7 million passengers passed through the country’s five main airports on 247,000 flights.

You can read more of the CSO’s stats from their yearbook here.

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