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Facts about Ireland’s demographics

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Ireland is a country that has made rapid progress over the past century. What was once a poor third-world-nation is now a thriving land with a higher quality of life than many places in the United States. Ireland experienced a financial boom in the 2000s that was called the “Celtic Tiger.” At this time many homes and businesses were built and the country became a hotspot for commerce. Although Ireland was greatly affected by the Great Recession that started in 2007, the country has maintained a much higher standard of living than ever before in history.

Ireland is usually considered to be a somewhat traditional society yet there are changing demographics due to immigration that has resulted in much more diverse cultural population than in past decades. As Ireland’s quality of life increases life span, and more and more young people earn educations and higher earning potentials, Ireland’s future seems prepared to be far brighter than in past decades.

Below is a list of demographics in the Republic of Ireland at the present time.

Religion Andrew Burton/Getty Images


At present, Roman Catholics make up 87% of the country. The second most common faith is Muslim. Increasingly, Irish people are disassociating with religion and consider themselves to be agnostic.

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The average age in Ireland is currently 35 but there is also a substantial amount of older people. The birth rate on Ireland is also on the rise with approximately 15 births to every 1,000 people.

Marriage Age Rate
Marriage Age Rate Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Marriage Age Rate

In Ireland the average age for a man to get married for the first time is 34 and women are, on average, 32 when they first walk down the aisle. This is an older marriage demographic than many other countries, including America. Interestingly, Ireland also has one of the lowest divorce rates in Europe.

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Ireland has a very well regarded education system and a much higher rate of education than most other countries. For instance, 31% of Irish people have earned a Bachelors degree or higher.

Lifespan Sean Gallup/Getty Images


The average lifespan in Ireland is currently 79 for men and 83 for women. This is considerably higher than many other nations, including the United Kingdom and the United States of America.



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