A Snapshot of the Western Region – WDC publishes a series of county infographics

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has just published a series of eight infographics showing of key statistics for the Western Region and each of its seven counties.  The data is from the CSO’s Census of Population in 2016 with analysis by the WDC.


The infographics show

  • The population of the county
  • The percentage living in rural areas.
  • The percentage of the working age population in the labour force
  • Average time to travel to work in minutes

There is a different infographic for each county and there is also one for the Western Region.   The Region’s infographic  shows the Western Region population growth since the last Census in 2011 (1.0%) and the growth over the last ten years (8.7%).

The Region has more females (50.4%) than males but there are more males than females in Roscommon and Leitrim.  Fifteen percent of the population are over 65 and more than a fifth are under 15 (21.1%).

Infographics are an entertaining way to provide information about the Region and its counties.  They show important county characteristics and information in an accessible and lively way.  We hope they will be used in schools and in workplaces and anywhere that people want to know more about the places where they live or are visiting.

There is a good mix of statistics highlighted on the infographics, showing access to broadband (64.5% in Clare) and also that most of the population consider themselves to be in very good health (58.7% in Galway).

The infographics also give information about work and education.  In the Western Region the average time taken to travel to work is 24.8 minutes.  57.9% of the working age population in Sligo is in the work force and 40.7% have a third level qualification.  Two employment sectors are also shown.  For example in 14.2% of Mayo’s workers are in Industry and 8.5% working in agriculture.

You can download the infographics for the Western Region and for the seven counties here:  https://www.wdc.ie/publications/reports-and-papers/


Helen McHenry

About WDC Insights

WDC Insights is the blog of the Western Development Commission Policy Analysis Team. The WDC Policy Analysis team analyses regional and rural issues, suggests solutions to regional difficulties and provides a regional perspective on national policy objectives. Policy Analysis Team Members are Deirdre Frost and Helen McHenry. We will both be posting here. You can contact us here, or use our firstnamelastname at wdc.ie Follow us on Twitter @WDCInsights
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1 Response to A Snapshot of the Western Region – WDC publishes a series of county infographics

  1. SEO says:

    Good insight and knowledge on the Infographics. Thank you for sharing this information. It was very helpful.


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