17 Aug 2022

Callan is the fastest growing town in County Kilkenny

ACCORDING to a Central Statistics Office report published today Callan is the fastest growing town in the county.

ACCORDING to a Central Statistics Office report published today Callan is the fastest growing town in the county.

Today’s two publications, “Profile 1 Town and Country – Population Distribution and Movements” and the “Population by Area” volume examine topics including the geographic distribution of the population, population density and internal migration.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO: “This profile report is the first of ten profile reports examining the definitive results of Census

2011 in more detail. This continues our publishing approach of presenting more interpretation and analysis of the data accompanied by illustrative presentations, thematic maps and easy to read commentary”.

The full reports are available on the CSO website at along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in and downloading them in an easy to use format for their own analysis.

In co-operation with the All Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO) at NUI Maynooth, summary census data is now available in thematic maps for Electoral Districts and all Small Areas on the AIRO website. Just follow the link from the CSO website.

Other topics will be covered in further profile reports to be released throughout 2012 and in two summary publications, “This is Ireland – Highlights from Census 2011, Part 1” (published in March 2012), dealing with demographic factors and “This is Ireland – Highlights from Census 2011, Part 2” (due in June 2012) which will cover socio-economic themes. A complete list of planned publications can be found in the appendices of both reports.


The population of Kilkenny is mainly rural with 37% of people living in urban areas of the county.

Towns and Cities

Kilkenny is the largest town in the county with 24,423 persons. The fastest growing town in percentage terms was Callan which experienced 31.6% population growth between 2006 and 2011.

Who moved?

Almost 4,400 usual Kilkenny residents moved in the year to April 2011, with most of these (3,110) moving to elsewhere within the county.

Only 272 of the 1,807 Kilkenny households who moved in the year preceding the census bought their new home with a mortgage or loan, while 1,399 rented their accommodation.

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