Census of Population

 

ABOUT THE STUDY

Irish Census data has been kindly supplied by the Central Statistics Office. Please note that ISSDA only holds a sub-section of the data, with a wider selection of data being made available directly from the CSO on their census webpage or through the IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series) International website (as indicated below).

 

DATA AND DOCUMENTATION

Sample of Anonymised Records (COPSAR) 

  • Available in ISSDA: A 5% anonymised, individual level sample of the data is available for the 1996, 2002 and 2006 Censuses.  Please see below for associated documentation and a request form.

  • Available in IPUMS: A 10% anonymised sample of  households for the 1971, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996,  2002 and 2006 Censuses is available on the IPUMS International website. IPUMS hosts Census data from 74 countries covering 238 Censuses and 544 million persons.


Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS)

  • Available in ISSDA: The available datasets break the national data down by various geographic levels (Electoral Division, Gaeltacht, etc.). SAPS for 1981-2002 are available from ISSDA. 

  • Available from the CSO: 2006 and 2011 data are available from the CSO website.


Place of Work Census of Anonymised Records (POWCAR)

  • Available in ISSDA: This dataset concentrates on transport questions, and ISSDA holds 2002 only.

  • Available from the CSO: The 2006 edition of the data is only available, under strict conditions, to bone fide researchers who are approved by CSO and are signed up as Officers of Statistics for the duration of their research. 

  • Further details are available in the POWCAR user guide.

Place of Work, School or College Census of Anonymised Records (POWSCAR)

  • Available from the CSO: In 2011 the place of work, school or college details address details were geo-coded. All workers resident in Ireland were coded to their place of work and all Irish resident students from the age of 5 and upwards were coded to their place of school/college. A detailed file containing the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of these residents along with information on the origin and destination of their journeys has been made available for analysis.  

  • This file is also only available, under strict conditions, to bone fide researchers who are approved by CSO and are signed up as Officers of Statistics for the duration of their research. 

  • Further details are available in the POWSCAR user guide.

All Island Research Observatory: AIRO, in conjunction with CSO, has made available a number of on-line mapping tools to view Census 2011 data.

Users can also interact with the Census 2011 data results through the CSO linked data service.

This data is only available for use by bona fide research projects.  Any requests for consultancy or commercial uses of this data must be directed to the Central Statistics Office


Documentation (available for download)

Census forms (PDF): 1996 (PDF) - 2002 (PDF)  - 2006 (PDF)2011

COPSAR user guides (PDF): 1996 - 2002 - 2006

SAPS user guides (PDF): 1981 - 1986 - 1991 - 1996 - 2002

POWSAR user guides (PDF): 2002 - 2006 - 2011

 

ACCESS INFORMATION

Accessing the data

To access the data held by ISSDA, please complete a data contract (see below), sign it, and send it to ISSDA by email.


Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.

Request forms (MS Word):  ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes

Acknowledgements

Any work based in whole or part on resources provided by the ISSDA, should  acknowledge: “Census of Population" and also ISSDA, in the following way: “Accessed via the Irish Social Science Data Archive - www.ucd.ie/issda”.

Citation requirement

The data and its creators shall be cited in all publications and presentations for which the data have been used. The bibliographic citation may be in the form suggested by the archive or in the form required by the publication.

Notification

The user shall notify the Irish Social Science Data Archive of all publications where she or he has used the data.

 

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