Ballymahon fastest growing town

Further results from last year’s Census reveal that the picturesque south Longford town of Ballymahon is the fastest growing town in the County.

Further results from last year’s Census reveal that the picturesque south Longford town of Ballymahon is the fastest growing town in the County.

It is also the fifth fastest growing town in the Country with Saggart, Co Dublin taking the top position on that front.

The latest information also highlights that the population  of Longford is mainly rural with just 33.1 percent of people living in urban areas of the County. Longford  is the largest town in the county with 9,601 inhabitants.

The fastest growing  town  in  percentage  terms was Ballymahon which experienced a 62.3 percent population growth between 2006 and 2011.

“Just over 2,200 usual Longford residents moved, in the year to April 2011, with most of these (1,502) moving to elsewhere within the County,” a spokesperson added. “Only 88 of the 837 Longford households who moved, in the year preceding the census, bought their new home with a mortgage or loan, while 693 rented their accommodation.”

The latest results also indicate that Co Leitrim has the most rural poupulation in the Country: fewer than one-in-ten people live in an urban area.