Ireland in 2023 – Key statistics from the CSO

The CSO have published their annual ‘The Year in Numbers’ statistics for Ireland in 2023, offering a valuable insight into the good and the bad of modern Irish living.

The Central Statistics Office are celebrating 75 years of collecting and analysing data for the betterment of Irish society, and their findings for 2023 have once again brought to light some of Ireland’s key issues going into the new year.

Some of the key findings were as follows:

The consumer price index was at its lowest in 25 months at 3.9% in November.

Ireland’s population has exceeded the 5 million threshold for the first time in 171 years.

Ireland’s employment rate was up 74.2% in the second quarter of 2023, the highest point since the current series began 25 years ago.

The GDP is estimated to have fallen by 1.9% in the third quarter of 2023.

40% of adults were reported to have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. 52% were women, 28% were men.

80% of people in Ireland used the internet for banking, shopping, or online services.

Over 700,000 people in Ireland reported that they had taken voluntary work, with 300,000 working voluntarily for a sporting organisation.

75% of the top 1% of earners were male. Those in the top 10% of earners were 70% male and 30% female.

The median price for a home increased over the course of 2023 from €305,000 in January to €323,000 in October.

The most popular name for baby girls was Emily, while Jack was the most popular name for baby boys. Murphy was the most common surname for babies born in 2023.

45% of all new private cars licensed were electric, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid, up to October.

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