Freeman, T.W. 'The changing distribution of population in County Mayo'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVII part 1, 1942/1943, pp85-106
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVII part 1 1942/1943
County Mayo had, in 1936, 41.5 per cent, of its peak population of
388,887 in 1841. Nine of the twenty-six counties in Éire maintained
their population to a greater degree than Mayo between 1841 and 1936.
Dublin city and county had, in 1936, 157.4 per cent, of the 1841
population; of the remaining eight counties Kildare and Louth had
slightly over 50 per cent of their 1841 population. The
population in 1936 of 161,349 in Mayo gives an average density per
square mile of 77, which is almost exactly the density for Kerry and
Donegal, areas somewhat similar in terms of natural environment and
resources. In previous papers, it has been shown that " congested "
areas, in which the average valuation was less than £1 10s. per head
in 1891, have had varied fortunes in the period 1891-1936. Over two-thirds of Mayo was congested
in 1891 and slightly under two-thirds of the population lived
in these areas. Two-fifths of the area would rank as congested to-day,
with one-third of the population.
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