Almost 10% of the people living in Tipperary are non-Irish nationals, according to the most recent information released from Census 2011.
These latest figures, which look at the non-Irish population, and where they come from, show that the vast majority of people of other nationalities living in the county come from England and from Poland.
The Central Statistics Office results show that 15,331 non-Irish nationals were living in Tipperary at the time of the Census, accounting for 9.7% of the population of the county.
This is lower than the national average, which is 12% non-Irish nationals for the State as a whole. The question of nationality was first asked in the 2002 census and the non-Irish population of the country has risen 143% in that time.
Of the 15,331 non-Irish nationals resident in the county, 4,713 were UK nationals – the largest non-Irish nationality in the county, closely followed by Polish nationals with 4,193 persons.
Across Ireland the population in Polish nationals has increased - the population growing 5671% since 2002.
The census results also show that of the 53,267 persons who arrived in Ireland in the year prior to April 2011, 1,063 were living in County Tipperary. Of these 655 or 61.6% were non-Irish nationals.
When compared to other counties South Tipp still has a relatively low proportion of foreign nationals living in the county. On an all-Ireland table of counties and city boroughs, the county is 35th.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO: “This report provides further analysis of the non-Irish population living in Ireland at the time of the last census. It examines aspects such as mixed nationality households, age structure and marital status, numbers by towns, as well as new data on ability to speak English by year of arrival into Ireland”.
The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in and downloading it in an easy to use format for their own analysis.
Ms Cullen said: “Ireland has become an increasingly diverse society over the past decade and the different nationalities that make up the population of Ireland have an increasingly important impact on the economy and society. This report provides yet more analysis and results from census 2011 on this important group. Further details on these results, and all census data, from county level right down to town, electoral division and Small Area level is available on the census page of the CSO web site.”
This is the latest in the series of Census 2011 results which will be published throughout 2012.
Census 2011 was the 26th census in Ireland. The first was carried out in 1821.