Ireland Population: 4,920,075

Ireland, a North Atlantic Island, is split from Great Britain by the Irish Sea, North Channel to its east, and St George’s Channel. It is the second-largest British Isles island, and in Europe, it is the 3rd largest. It is popular for its fresh Irish breweries. The Harp, the green Shamrock, and the Celtic cross are popular Ireland symbols. The present Ireland population is 4,915,936, according to the latest UN data. Ireland holds 124th rank in the population of countries listing and its dependencies.

Largest cities by population in Ireland

The largest populated cities of Ireland are Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway. These cities are highly populated cities of Ireland due to its urbanization and occupation benefits it offers.

CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION
Dublin 1,024,027 Naas 20,713
Cork 190,384 Sligo 20,228
Dun Laoghaire 185,400 Carlow 20,055
Luimneach 90,054 Loch Garman 19,913
Gaillimh 70,686 Finglas 19,768
Tallaght 64,282 Celbridge 19,537
Waterford 47,904 Droichead Nua 18,860
Swords 36,924 Cluain Meala 17,394
Drogheda 33,441 An Muileann gCearr 17,262
Dundalk 33,428 Letterkenny 16,901
Navan 24,545 Blanchardstown 16,511
Ennis 24,427 Athlone 15,951
Balbriggan 23,364 Malahide 15,846
Tralee 22,941 Leixlip 15,452
Sandyford 22,288 Donaghmede 15,299
Kilkenny 21,589 Lucan 15,269

Ireland Population History

The population rose from 2002-2006 at a yearly 2 percent growth rate. The numbers grew to 322,645 in these 4 years. The population in urban regions is having consistent growth while there’s a fall in rural regions.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 4,937,786 1.13% 55,291 23,604 38.2 1.84 72 63.00% 3,111,336 0.06% 7,794,798,739 124
2019 4,882,495 1.32% 63,805 23,604 36.8 1.94 71 62.90% 3,073,341 0.06% 7,713,468,100 124
2018 4,818,690 1.38% 65,411 23,604 36.8 1.94 70 63.00% 3,034,528 0.06% 7,631,091,040 124
2017 4,753,279 1.22% 57,500 23,604 36.8 1.94 69 63.10% 2,997,322 0.06% 7,547,858,925 121
2016 4,695,779 0.93% 43,354 23,604 36.8 1.94 68 63.10% 2,964,988 0.06% 7,464,022,049 121
2015 4,652,425 0.43% 19,621 -22,364 36.5 1.97 68 63.20% 2,939,375 0.06% 7,379,797,139 121
2010 4,554,321 1.92% 82,620 39,457 34.4 2 66 62.50% 2,847,514 0.07% 6,956,823,603 120
2005 4,141,223 1.83% 71,624 40,293 33.2 1.93 60 61.50% 2,547,885 0.06% 6,541,907,027 123
2000 3,783,103 1.04% 38,183 16,976 31.8 1.9 55 60.20% 2,276,738 0.06% 6,143,493,823 123
1995 3,592,186 0.46% 16,260 -3,075 30.1 1.96 52 58.90% 2,116,050 0.06% 5,744,212,979 122
1990 3,510,885 0.00% -19 -25,189 28.4 2.26 51 57.90% 2,031,946 0.07% 5,327,231,061 122
1985 3,510,979 0.73% 25,245 -12,186 26.9 2.83 51 57.10% 2,006,170 0.07% 4,870,921,740 118
1980 3,384,756 1.53% 49,516 10,353 26.3 3.25 49 56.20% 1,900,678 0.08% 4,458,003,514 114
1975 3,137,176 1.53% 45,751 8,867 26.1 3.73 46 54.40% 1,707,788 0.08% 4,079,480,606 113
1970 2,908,421 0.59% 16,954 -11,456 26.4 3.86 42 52.00% 1,512,629 0.08% 3,700,437,046 110
1965 2,823,650 0.23% 6,451 -21,167 27.5 4.01 41 46.80% 1,322,242 0.08% 3,339,583,597 95
1960 2,791,397 -0.58% -16,404 -41,448 29.2 3.58 41 45.70% 1,275,146 0.09% 3,034,949,748 104
1955 2,873,415 -0.27% -7,853 -34,071 30.2 3.42 42 44.10% 1,267,440 0.10% 2,773,019,936 95

Ireland Population forecast

As per UN information, the Ireland population shall rise to 4,354,062 by 2050. But, Ireland’s share in the total world population will remain constant to 0.06%. Ireland contributes to 0.06 percent of the overall world population by mid-century.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 4,937,786 1.20% 57,072 23,604 38.2 1.84 72 63.00% 3,111,336 0.06% 7,794,798,739 124
2025 5,109,284 0.69% 34,300 10,000 40.2 1.84 74 64.50% 3,294,830 0.06% 8,184,437,460 126
2030 5,248,041 0.54% 27,751 10,000 41.5 1.84 76 66.40% 3,484,384 0.06% 8,548,487,400 126
2035 5,372,137 0.47% 24,819 10,000 42.3 1.84 78 68.70% 3,690,823 0.06% 8,887,524,213 125
2040 5,489,088 0.43% 23,390 10,000 42.8 1.84 80 71.30% 3,914,878 0.06% 9,198,847,240 125
2045 5,595,132 0.38% 21,209 10,000 43.4 1.84 81 74.00% 4,142,854 0.06% 9,481,803,274 125
2050 5,677,615 0.29% 16,497 44.2 1.84 82 76.70% 4,354,062 0.06% 9,735,033,990 125

Ireland Demographics

Laigin, Riata, and Cruthin are the different groups that have inhabited Ireland for over 9,000 years. Normans, Scots, Welsh, Eastern Europeans, South Americans, English, and Africans have inhabited in the last 12,000 years. Gaelic and Celtic traditions and culture have a deep influence on the culture of Ireland people.

Polish, British, Nigerian, and Latvian are the different communities of immigrants that are present in urban cities. European descendants have been the reason for the majority of diversity in Ireland. Non-whites are 5 percent. In terms of immigration, Ireland ranks 28th on the globe.

Ireland Religion & Politics

Christianity is the largest faith followed in the nation. This is specifically Roman Catholics who contribute to over 84 percent of Ireland’s population. The Muslim community is small; however, it is slowly increasing in population owing to immigration. Around 4 percent of Ireland follows no religion as compared to the North of Ireland, which is around 14 percent. The Jewish community is also in small numbers.

The political system of Ireland is split into 2 jurisdiction that are separately governed as well; however, the Government of Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. 5/6th of the island is the sovereign state, and part of the UK is Northern Ireland.

Ireland Economy

Ireland’s economy, in recent times, has become one amongst the strongest within Europe. There is an increase in wages and near to zero in unemployment. Leading industries are life sciences, financial services, and high-technology in Ireland, which are very fetching.

Largest Countries in the World by Population

S.No Country Population (2020) World Population Share (%)
1 China 1,439,323,776 18.47%
2 India 1,380,004,385 17.70%
3 United States 331,002,651 4.25%
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 3.51%
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2.83%
6 Brazil 212,559,417 2.73%
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.64%
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 2.11%
9 Russia 145,934,462 1.87%
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.65%