Population growth and where it occurs has very important implications for economic development and growth. The Western Development Commission (WDC) has published its analysis of the latest CSO Regional Population Projections 2016-2031.
The WDC report shows that while population is projected to increase across all regions over the period to 2031, it is also set to become more concentrated.
All regions are projected to experience a reduction in their share of the national population, with the exception of the Greater Dublin Area. The GDA is projected to increase its share of national population from 39.2% in 2011 to 42.3% in 2031. The population of working age is also set to become more concentrated in terms of population share but the West and Border are also projected to have a decline in the population of working age. This has significant implications for their future economic growth and development.