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> Dublin City and County has a population of 1,345,402.

> 1,904,806 people live in the Greater Dublin Area, a region comprising Dublin and the counties of Meath, Kildare and Wicklow. This figure is set to grow to 2.2 million by 2031.

> The Greater Dublin Area accounts for 40% of the population of the State.

> Dublin is home to more non-Irish people than any other party of the country, with 21% of its residents born outside of Ireland. For example, almost two thirds of Ireland’s Chinese population live in Dublin.

economic activity, tax & Employment

> Economic activity in the Greater Dublin Area accounts for over 53% of Ireland’s GDP according to the most recent available data (2014).

> Some 874,400 people were employed in the Greater Dublin Area in mid-2017, representing over 42% of the total number of people employed in the State.

> Dublin accounts for over 45% of Ireland's GDP. In comparison, London accounts for 23% of the UK's.

> The Greater Dublin Area generates 59% of Ireland’s personal income tax revenue, while Dublin alone generates 51%.

> The Greater Dublin Area generates 67% of Ireland’s corporate tax revenue, while Dublin alone generates 63%.


Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

> Dublin is home to:
    - 9 of the top 10 global ICT companies;
    - 50% of the world’s top banks;
    - 250 global financial institutions;
    - 10 of the world’s top 20 insurance companies;
    - 9 of the world’s top 10 pharma companies;
    - 17 of the world’s top 25 med-tech companies.

> Dublin was ranked as Europe’s 3rd most attractive city for FDI by the Financial Times in 2016, ranking 2nd in Europe for business-friendliness and 3rd for economic potential.

> The Dublin Region ranked as the most attractive small European region for FDI in 2016, and the 2nd most attractive region in Northern Europe.

> 60% of those employed in Ireland’s financial, ICT, and professional services sectors are located in the Greater Dublin Area.


Tourism & Transport

Dublin attracted over 5.6 million overseas visitors in 2016, generating over €1.9 billion in revenue.

€1 out of every €6 spent by Irish domestic tourists is spent in Dublin.

Dublin had the highest hotel occupancy rate among European cities in 2016 (82.5%), and is forecast to maintain this ranking to 2018.

Dublin Airport handled 27.8 million passengers in 2016, accounting for 85% of the total for Irish airports. It handled 204,563 flights, serving 180 routes to 40 countries.

Dublin Port welcomed 1.8 million tourist visitors and over 500,000 tourist vehicles in 2016. It received 109 cruise liner visits, bringing over 107,000 passengers.

On average 500,000 people travel within Dublin City Centre every day. This is made up of circa 235,000 work-related trips, 45,000 education trips, and 120,000 visitors, tourists, and shoppers.


Education and Talent

Ireland’s two leading universities are in Dublin.

Over a third of Dublin’s population has a higher level of education.

Dublin’s population has the highest rate of third level qualification in Ireland. 48% of 25-34 year-olds in Dublin have a tertiary level education.

Dublin is home to 42% of people holding a PhD in Ireland. Almost 70% of people in Ireland holding a PhD reside in urban areas.

Dublin is home to three universities, four institutes of technology, three national educational institutions, ten associated colleges and colleges of education, and at least a dozen private and independent colleges.