Galway City has had the title of fastest growing city in Europe and in the 2011 census it consisted of 75,529 people. In the tables below one can see that the City’s population grew at a rate of over 10 percent in 4 years. This is on top of a 15% growth between 1996 and 2002. There are a further 62,238 people who live within 30 minutes drive of the city centre.
Almost 60% of Galway City’s population is between the ages of 15 to 44 according to the census. If you look at the 15 to 24 age grouping, 30% of the population are in this age range. Approximately half the population over the age of 15 is at work and a further 17% are students. Galway City has a high proportion of people who describe themselves as part of the socio-economic classes of professional &/or manager and technical – approx 40%.
Galway City also has a high level of education within the population. Of those who have finished their education over 40% have achieved qualifications at 3rd level institutes.