About Co.Kildare

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About County Kildare

County Kildare, Ireland

For detailed statistics on Co.Kildare in 2011 (the latest available census), go to the CSO's website
Census 2011 Kildare

Kildare is a county in the Irish midlands located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Kildare. County Kildare is partly in the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Dublin, but mainly in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. It is in the Church of Ireland diocese of Meath and Kildare.

The county of Kildare is 67.6 km in length and 41.9 km in width, with a total of 169,550 hectares. It is bordered by the counties of Carlow, Laois, Meath, Offaly, Dublin and Wicklow. As an inland county, Kildare is generally flat. Its highest points are the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, the hills north of Kildare town and those to the west at Kilcock.

The county has three major rivers running through it: the Barrow, the Liffey and the Boyne, which rises at Trinity Well, Carbury. The Grand Canal traverses the county from Lyons in the east to Rathangan and Monasterevin in the west. From Robertstown a branch goes south to Athy, to connect with the Barrow; from Sallins a line goes to Naas and onwards to Corbally harbour. The Royal Canal stretches across the north of the county along the border with Meath and leaves Co. Kildare at Clonard.

The largest bog land area in Ireland, the Bog of Allen, in the north and north west of the county, covers some 20,000 hectares and is a habitat for over 185 plant and animal species. The other distinguishing feature of the county is the plain of the Curragh, which comprises nearly 2,000 hectares. In ancient times it was the training ground of the Fianna and it’s legendary hero Fionn MacCumhaill. The Irish Army’s headquarters and training centre is located at the Curragh Camp. On the southern fringe of the plain stands the ancient royal residence of Dún Ailinne (Knockaulin).

Pollardstown Fen, adjacent to the Curragh, was declared a National Nature Reserve in 1986. It is the largest surviving calcareous fen in Ireland, covering an area of 220 hectares and is recognised as an internationally important ecosystem with unique and endangered plant communities.

A brief history of County Kildare is available in our hertitage section.

Kildare 2011 - (CSO)

Title Unit Total
Census of Agriculture 2010 Results  
Area (Source: Ordnance Survey)    
Area Hectares
Census 2011 Area Profile  
Live Register (Source: Live Register Analysis, CSO)    
People on the Live Register - May 2015 No.
Vehicles Licensed for the First Time (Source: CSO)    
New Private Cars - May 2015 No.
Vital Statistics (Source: Vital Statistics Yearly Summary Report, CSO)    
Births - 2013 No.
Deaths - 2013 No.
Macroeconomics (Source:County Incomes and Regional GDP, CSO)    
Disposable Household Income per Person 2012


In April 2011 Kildare had a population of 210,312, consisting of 104,658 males and 105,654 females.

The population of pre-school age (0-4) was 18,914, of primary school going age (5-12) was 26,800 and of secondary school going age (13-18) was 16,443. There were 16,656 persons aged 65 years and over. The number of persons aged 18 years or over was 150,863.


Of the 158,744 persons aged 15 years and over, 62,383 were single, 80,897 were married, 5,230 were separated, 3,677 were divorced and 6,557 were widowed.


There were 70,763 private households in Kildare in April 2011, of which 12,586 were single person households. Of the 55,648 families in the area, 14,960 were couples with no children. The average number of children per family was 1.4 compared with 1.4 nationally.


Kildare State No. of households % breakdown % breakdown One Person 12,586 17.8 23.7 Couple without children 13,388 18.9 18.9 Couple with children 29,645 41.9 34.9 Lone parent family 7,391 10.4 10.9 Other 7,753 11.0 11.6 Total 70,763 100.0 100.0


92.7 per cent of the usually resident population aged over 1 lived at the same address one year before the census. A further 4.2 per cent lived elsewhere in the same county, 2.1 per cent lived elsewhere in the State while 0.9 per cent lived outside the State twelve months before the census on April 10, 2011.

Non-Irish nationals accounted for 11.8 per cent of the population of Kildare compared with a national average figure of 12.0 per cent. Polish (7,194 persons) were the largest group, followed by UK nationals (3,982 persons).


83,526 persons could speak the Irish language and of these 30,501 spoke the language daily. 25,012 persons spoke a language other than Irish or English at home and of these 4,552 could not speak English well or at all. Polish was the most common foreign language spoken at home with 7,024 speakers.


There were 180,303 Roman Catholics in the area at census time. A further 16,687 were adherents of other stated religions (e.g. Church of Ireland, Islam, Presbyterian, Orthodox), while 10,873 persons indicated that they had no religion.


There were 104,226 persons aged 15 years and over in the labour force and of these, 82.1 per cent (85,587 persons) were at work. The unemployment rate for this area was 17.9 per cent compared with a national average rate of 19.0 per cent.

Of the 54,518 persons aged 15 years and over who were outside the labour force, 33.0 per cent were students, 28.4 per cent were looking after the home/family and 26.9 per cent were retired.

Of the 85,587 workers enumerated in Kildare, 33,493 worked outside the area. The daytime working population (resident and non-resident) of Kildare was 55,918 with commerce and trade being the largest industry.


Of those aged 15 years and over whose full-time education had ceased, 12.3 per cent were educated to at most primary level only; a further 54.9 per cent attained second level while 32.8 per cent were educated to third level.



The most popular means of travelling to work was by car (driver) with this mode accounting for 65.8 per cent of all journeys. 7,435 persons commuted using public transport (bus or rail). The average journey time was 32 minutes and 37.7 per cent of workers faced a commuting time in excess of 30 minutes.


24,369 persons had a disablity in April 2011, of whom 6,621, representing 27.2 per cent of the total, were aged 65 years and over.

7,050 persons (2,701 males and 4,349 females) provided regular unpaid personal help for a friend or family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability. 21.6 per cent of these provided care for more than 6 hours per day.


90.8 per cent of households lived in houses or bungalows while a further 8.8 per cent lived in apartments, flats or bedsits. 51,990 dwellings (73.7 per cent) were owner occupied while 17,584 dwellings (24.9 per cent) were rented. 32.2 per cent of the dwellings in this area were built in the ten years before the census. The average number of persons per household was 3.0 compared with 2.7 nationally.

71.0 per cent of households had broadband connectivity compared with 63.8 per cent nationally. 51.1 per cent of households had two or more cars.


In this area 190,174 persons stated they were in very good or good health, representing 90.4 per cent of total persons. This compares to 88.3 per cent of total persons nationally. 2,729 persons stated they were in bad or very bad health, representing 1.3 per cent of total persons in this area. Again this compares with 1.5 per cent of total persons nationally.

Co.Kildare Area

Hectares 169,540

Co.Kildare Population

In April 2011 Kildare had a population of 210,312 consisting of 104,658 males and 105,654 females.


County Town: Naas

Local Authority:
Kildare County Council

Áras Chill Dara, Naas, Headquarters of Kilcare County Council


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