County Carlow in Numbers

Statistics and figures given below are based on 2016 census as it is the most recent data available on regional population.


County Carlow population c 57,000.

47.7% of the population are under 34 years old

64.9% of the population are of working age.


3 key sectors employing c 13,000:

    • 23% in Commerce & Trade
    • 1% in Professional Services
    • 4% in Manufacturing

50% population employment rate

10.2% unemployment rate.

ca. 2850 active enterprises in the county

  • Providing 11,790 employee jobs.
  • 95% are SME’s


Student body of c11,000 in 2 third level colleges

Additional 8k students in CIFE with key focus on apprenticeships and practical training.

21% of population at bachelor degree level or higher.

Interesting Facts

County Carlow has a geographical area of 346 square miles.

Irelands 2nd smallest county & 3rd least populated

Over 6,000 residents regularly commute out of the county for work.

Just over 1 hours drive to Dublin and Waterford.