Population of Dublin area to rise by 400,000 by 2031- CSO

Thursday 12 December 2013 16.56
The population of the Greater Dublin Area could increase by over 400,000 within the next 20 years
The population of the Greater Dublin Area could increase by over 400,000 within the next 20 years

The population of the Greater Dublin Area could increase by over 400,000 within the next 20 years, according to projections from the Central Statistics Office.

The CSO's 2016-2031 Regional Population Projections counts Dublin and the Mid-East as part of the Greater Dublin Area.

It is based on two separate migration patterns, one from the mid-1990s and a modified 2011 pattern.

The 2011 pattern would see a more focused share of growth in Dublin, compared with the Mid-East.

It says that all other regions apart from the Greater Dublin Area will lose population to internal migration over that period.

The Greater Dublin Area accounted for 39.3% of the population in 2011, and this will rise to 42.4% in 2031 under the CSO's projections using the traditional migration patterns.

In the CSO's projections, births will fall across all regions, but the West (-44.4%) and the Midlands (-30.7%) will see the greatest drops. The Mid-East will see the smallest fall of around 10%.

Alternatively, the Mid-East and South East will see the largest percentage increases in terms of deaths, with 59% and 29% respectively.

As projections about deaths are linked to migrations of population, the Mid-West and the Border regions will see the lowest falls.