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Census Reveals Further Decreases
- 01 March 2007

According to 2006 Census, Rathfarnham has a population of 17,333 – a drop of 2.1% since 2002. The population has gradually decreased over the years from 17,760 in 1996 to 17,717 in 2002.

The number of people living around the neighbourhoods of Ballyroan and St. Endas fell notably by 8% and 7% respectively. On the other hand, there were minimal increases in the Butterfield and Hermitage areas.

One thing is clear from the statistics – Rathfarnham is getting old. The young couples that moved into the area in the 1960s are entering into retirement. There is a lack of suitable and affordable homes for young people within Rathfarnham and as a result they are flocking out to neighbouring suburbs such as Tallaght and Firhouse.

Over the last 4 years, there hasn’t been a lot of development in the form of apartment blocks in the Rathfarnham area. This reality is reflected in the figures. Due to the fact that there aren’t many suitable sites in the area for apartment building, Rathfarnham.com predicts that Census 2010 will publish further decreases.