Settlement population counts were published from each of the last four Censuses 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001. Settlement population estimates were also created for settlements based on small area population estimates in 2008.
Settlement population statistics reported from the 1971, 1981 and 1991 Censuses were based on a rectangle approximately covering the settlement at that time on a best fit basis. These rectangles were built up from 1 kilometre and 100 metre grid-squares.
Settlement population statistics reported from the 2001 Census were based on the more accurate Settlement Development Limit, as defined by the Northern Ireland Planning Service. Population figures from the 2001 Census based on the Settlement Development Limit are thus more accurate.
Population estimates for each settlement in 2008 were created from population estimates of each Output Area and proportions of domestic properties in each Output Area residing within the settlement boundary.
Settlement population statistics for 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2008 are available below. Further detail is available in the Settlement Population Statistics Publication.
Population statistics and factsheets for settlements from 1971 to 2008 can be accessed by entering the name of the town or village in the search box, searching by first letter of town or village name, or clicking on one of the settlement types. Maps showing the Settlement Development limits are also shown.