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26th Feb 2019

Longford is the county with the highest fertility rate in Ireland

Jade Hayden

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Go on the lads.

The county with the highest fertility rate has been revealed – and long story short, it’s Longford.

New figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have shown that Co Longford is the most fertile county in Ireland with a rate of 2.25.

The rate for Ireland as a whole in 2016 was 1.81, below the replacement level of 2.1, however these rates varied across the country.

After Co Longford with high fertility rates of 2.21 were Co Cavan and Co Waterford.

The places with the lowest fertility rates were all cities. Dublin city had the lowest recorded rate of 1.46, Cork city was second lowest with 1.50, and Galway city followed with 1.60.

Waterford city also exhibited a low fertility rating of 1.61, despite the county as a whole having a high rate.

These figures are from the CSO’s Regional Sustainable Development Goals Ireland release for 2017, which contains various indicators on regional life across Ireland.

The data also compared broadband access, drivers with penalty points, and the length of time people spend commuting.

It was found that Co Donegal had the lowest number of local government seats held by women compared to men at 8.1 percent.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown had the highest with 42.5 percent of local government seats being held by women.

You can check out some more of the regional SDGs here.