Callan and its environs saw the largest growth of any County Kilkenny town between 2006 and 2011, according to Census data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
At a growth rate of 31.6%, however, it wasn’t the only County Kilkenny location to see a significant population increase.
Fiddown grew by 88.7%, Gowran grew by 52.4%, Paulstown grew by 32.3%, the New Ross environs by 66.0% and the County Kilkenny suburbs of Waterford by 38.2%.
Callan’s population, including its suburbs/environs, climbed from 1,771 in 2006 up to 2,330 in 2011, an increase of 31.6%.
Thomastown’s population went from 1,837 in 2006 up to 2,273 last year, a growth of 23.7%.
In Graignamanagh-Tinnahinch the population rose from 1,376 six years ago up to 1,543 in 2011, an increase of 12.1%.
Overall, the data showed that 37% of people in the county are living in town areas, a total of 35,329 people, compared with 60,090 in rural areas.
The data also included population figures for the five electoral areas of Kilkenny County Council. The Kilkenny electoral area, which has seven councillors, has a population of 26,681. The Piltown electoral area, with six councillors, contains 22,839 people. The Ballyragget electoral area, with five councillors, has 17,004 people. The Thomastown electoral area, with four councillors, has 15,339; and the Callan electoral area, with four councillors, has 13,566.