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Population of the Greater Dublin Area could grow by 400,000 over 20 years
The latest CSO figures also predict a ‘marked increase’ in the number of over 65s.

THE POPULATION OF the Greater Dublin Area could grow by between 174,000 and just over 400,000 by 2031, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.

However, they stress that it is “not an attempt to predict the future”.

The Regional Population Projections 2016 – 2031 release details a number of different models by which population changes can be calculated.

Based on data from the 2011 Census, they predict as Dublin’s population could increase by between 96,000 and 286,000 and the Mid-East by 78,000 to 144,000.

This is under the M2F2 Traditional model, which predicts that the population in all other areas will fall due to internal migration, although will increase due to a gradual increase of our overall population by 613,000.


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The figures also predict an increase of around 5 years in life expectancy  by 2031, to 83.0 years for males and  to 86.6 years for females.

The number of people over 65 will see a ‘marked increase’ in a number of areas, as much as over 100 per cent.

The numbers in the Mid-East will increase by 136.5 per cent, and in the Midlands by 95.1 per cent.

The number of those aged between 15 to 24 years could increase by 52 per cent in the Mid-East region.

Read: Ireland has the highest birth, lowest death and greatest emigration rates in Europe >

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