Publishing the data

First results

The census 2016 results will be released in different phases as they become available. The first results to be released will be the Preliminary Population Report which will be published in July 2016, about 12 weeks after census day. This report will contain the total population of males and females in each Electoral Division across the country and will be based on summary data taken from the front of the census forms. The next results will be published once we have scanned and captured the data off all 2 million census forms, which takes about 7 months, and then prepared the results for publication which takes another couple of months. We expect to publish these first final results within one year of census day, in April 2017.

A wide range of products

Census 2016 results will be made available in a wide variety of ways designed to suit the needs of every user

  • Published reports
  • Interactive web tables
  • Small Area Population Statistics
  • Interactive web maps
  • Area profiles
  • Place of work, school or college – anonymised records (POWSCAR RMF)
  • 10% sample of anonymised mircrodata

Published reports

The two main publications will summarise the census results with charts, graphs, tables and commentary. The content of these publications will be based on that provided for the 2011 reports This is Ireland Part 1 and This Ireland Part 2.

The majority of census results will be made available by way of Census Profiles, organized by theme. Each profile will contain a detailed interpretation and analysis of the results accompanied by thematic maps and charts. These results will be made available throughout 2017 beginning in April.

Interactive web tables

Each Census Release will be accompanied by a wide range of census tables that will be made available as interactive web tables on the CSO website. All data will be available to download to in csv, excel and other formats. These results will be made available in tandem with the Census Releases throughout 2017. You can check out our 2011 interactive tables here.

Small Area Population Statistics

The real strength of the census is the possibility to provide real meaningful data for very small areas and the Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) are one of the most popular products. For 2016 the areas for which the tables will be produced will include the 19,000 new Small Areas (which typically contain 50 – 200) dwellings. The tables will be available both thematically (for example tables on nationality available for all small areas together) and by area (all tables for a particular area). These results will be available from Quarter 3 of 2017.  To see the SAPS results for 2011 click here.

Interactive web maps

The small area population statistics will be available to view using the SAPMAP tool. This mapping tool allows users to pan and zoom to their area of interest using different boundary layers. The user can then view the SAPS for that area. Check out the interactive mapping search tool here which includes a video demonstration on how to access the data you are looking for.

The CSO will work in collaboration with the All Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO) who will produce interactive thematic maps covering a range of themes. The Census 2011 maps can be found here.

Area profiles

For census 2016 it is planned to release summary profiles for particular geographic areas, such as counties, constituencies and towns. The two page report will contain summary census results on a selection of key demographic and economic variables.

The 2011 area profiles can be found here.

Place of work school or college – anonymised records

As part of the Census 2016 processing programme the place of work, school or college details will be geo-coded. All workers resident in Ireland on Census night will be coded to their place of work and all Irish resident students from the age of 5 and upwards will be coded to their place of school/college. A detailed file containing the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of these residents along with information on the origin and destination of their journeys will be made available for analysis.

The POWSCAR file is only available under strict conditions to bone fide researchers who are approved by CSO. More details can be found here.

10% sample of anonymised mircrodata

The CSO will provide a 10% sample of anonymised records to Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, International (IPUMS). This harmonised data allow researchers to carry out social and economic analysis across over 80 countries and hundreds of census datasets. More details can be found here.