PEOPLE moving house in
Co Donegal are increasingly renting not buying
properties, new Census figures show.
The figures show that most people who moved house in
Co Donegal in 2015 were tenants, not buyers.
The statistics reveal that of the 2,520 Donegal
households who moved in 2015, only 363 bought with a
mortgage or loan while 1,712 households rented their
The league table also shows that of a total
population of 159,192 in Donegal in April 2016, some
43,414 people (27.3%) live in urban areas, with
115,778 people (72.7%) living in rural areas.
This is practically the opposite of the national
picture where 62.7% live in urban areas and 37.3% in
Nationally too, 263,551 residents moved home in the
year to April 2016.
Meanwhile, Letterkenny, with 19,274 residents,
remains the largest town in Co Donegal. But the
fastest growing town in percentage terms is Donegal
Town, which experienced 0.42% population growth
between 2011 and 2016.
The figures are part of today's Census 2016 release
called Profile 2: Population Distribution and
Central Statistics Office senior statistician
Deirdre Cullen said: "This is the second of our
thematic census releases and sheds further light on
how the population has changed over the past five
The census results tally with the latest figures
from Daft.ie showing a growing supply and demand
issue for rental properties in Donegal.
They show that rents were on average 14.1% higher in
the first three months of 2017 than a year
previously. The average advertised rent in Co
Donegal is now €593 monthly, up 22% from its lowest
point. The average national rent stands at €1,131 -
a new all-time high.