Freeman, T.W. 'Population distribution in County Sligo'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVII part 2, 1943/1944, pp254-268
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVII part 2 1943/1944
County Sligo had 180,886 inhabitants in 1841 and 67,447 in 1936,
a decrease of 62.6 per cent. The eleven counties with an even more
marked decline include Leitrim and Roscommon, but not Mayo, which
had a decrease of 58.8 per cent. The density of population per square
mile in Sligo was 240 in 1841, 135 in 1891 and 96 in 1936. The counties
more densely peopled include Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford,
which have the chief towns of Éire within their borders, Louth and
Wexford, both of which have a considerable urban population, and
three counties with a comparatively small area of unproductive land,
namely, Carlow, Monaghan, and Cavan. Sligo is relatively densely
peopled, for one-third of its area is mountain and lowland bogland. In
1891, almost one-quarter of the county was congested, with nearly
30 per cent of the population. As a result of heavy emigiation, only
one d e d of the county would be congested on a 1936 re-assessment.
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