Ireland Population clock (live)

4,765,708
Current population
2,385,258
Current male population (50.1%)
2,380,450
Current female population (49.9%)
59,611
Births year to date
125
Births today
24,532
Deaths year to date
51
Deaths today
-23,257
Net migration year to date
-49
Net migration today
11,822
Population growth year to date
25
Population growth today

23-10-2020 13:55:21

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

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Quick facts about the population of Ireland

Current population (as of Friday, October 23, 2020)
4,765,683
Population rank
127 (0.06% of world population)
Total area
70,273 km2 (27,133 mi2)
Population density
67.8 per km2 (175.6 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.00 (2,385,258 men to 2,380,450 women)
Median age
36.9 years
Life expectancy
80.2 years (78.0 - men, 82.6 - women)

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Ireland population 2020

During 2020 Ireland population is projected to increase by 14,547 people and reach 4,768,433 in the beginning of 2021. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 43,165. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 28,618 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Ireland to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2020

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Ireland population in 2020 will be the following:

The population of Ireland will be increasing by 40 persons daily in 2020.

Demographics of Ireland 2019

As of 1 January 2020, the population of Ireland was estimated to be 4,753,886 people. This is an increase of 0.31 % (14,503 people) compared to population of 4,739,383 the year before. In 2019 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 43,034. Due to external migration, the population declined by 28,531. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.000 (1,000 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2019.

Below are the key figures for Ireland population in 2019:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2020

Ireland population density

Ireland population density is 67.6 people per square kilometer (175.2/mi2) as of October 2020. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Ireland divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Ireland. The total area of Ireland is 70,273 km2 (27,133 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in Ireland

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity4,389,19492.1 %
Religiously Unaffiliated295,4726.2 %
Islam52,4231.1 %
Folk or traditional religions9,5310.2 %
Hinduism9,5310.2 %
Buddhism9,5310.2 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Friday, October 23 2020).

Ireland age structure

As of the beginning of 2020 according to our estimates Ireland had the following population age distribution:

21.1 67.3 11.6

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Ireland population pyramid has a stationary type. Countries with such type of pyramid usually have declining birth rate and relatively low death rate. Which is more common for developed countries.

Source: The estimation data for section "Ireland age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Ireland is 48.7 %.

The value of 48.7 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Ireland must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Ireland is relatively low.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Ireland is 31.4 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Ireland is 17.2 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Ireland age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Ireland is 80.2 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations). external link

Male life expectancy at birth is 78 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 82.6 years.

Ireland historical population (1951 - 2020)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Ireland population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19512,917,186N/A %
19522,922,7500.19 %
19532,922,7910.00 %
19542,917,054-0.20 %
19552,905,901-0.38 %
19562,890,334-0.54 %
19572,871,989-0.63 %
19582,853,061-0.66 %
19592,836,135-0.59 %
19602,823,787-0.44 %
19612,817,946-0.21 %
19622,819,2870.05 %
19632,826,8270.27 %
19642,838,1420.40 %
19652,850,7390.44 %
19662,863,2080.44 %
19672,875,7030.44 %
19682,889,8180.49 %
19692,908,0840.63 %
19702,932,9830.86 %
19712,965,6921.12 %
19723,005,7911.35 %
19733,051,9061.53 %
19743,102,1371.65 %
19753,154,4031.68 %
19763,207,4791.68 %
19773,260,8871.67 %
19783,313,5601.62 %
19793,363,6611.51 %
19803,409,4501.36 %
19813,449,9811.19 %
19823,485,0491.02 %
19833,514,3430.84 %
19843,537,3150.65 %
19853,553,6910.46 %
19863,563,2760.27 %
19873,566,3720.09 %
19883,564,927-0.04 %
19893,562,385-0.07 %
19903,562,219-0.00 %
19913,566,6230.12 %
19923,576,2410.27 %
19933,590,8970.41 %
19943,610,0340.53 %
19953,632,9750.64 %
19963,659,4430.73 %
19973,689,7930.83 %
19983,724,9900.95 %
19993,766,3821.11 %
20003,815,1951.30 %
20013,871,6311.48 %
20023,934,9511.64 %
20034,004,6001.77 %
20044,080,3801.89 %
20054,161,7371.99 %
20064,248,8212.09 %
20074,341,2772.18 %
20084,434,3792.14 %
20094,519,3741.92 %
20104,587,9691.52 %
20114,635,0241.03 %
20124,660,2910.55 %
20134,669,5660.20 %
20144,673,2140.08 %
20154,681,8150.18 %
20164,696,1410.31 %
20174,710,5110.31 %
20184,724,9250.31 %
20194,739,3830.31 %
20204,753,8860.31 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
20204,887,990N/A %
20255,063,8793.60 %
20305,219,9463.08 %
20355,374,3372.96 %
20405,530,5552.91 %
20455,677,6612.66 %
20505,801,4032.18 %
20555,892,2151.57 %
20605,955,7061.08 %
20656,004,9490.83 %
20706,052,1550.79 %
20756,107,2300.91 %
20806,173,3491.08 %
20856,245,2471.16 %
20906,311,3911.06 %
20956,360,5330.78 %
21006,388,7940.44 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link