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Mid-Ulster bracing itself for boom in population

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

MID-ULSTER should be bracing itself for a population boom, according to statistics released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

The report shows that as of 2014, the population of Mid-Ulster District Council area stood at 143,000. This number will increase by 22.6 per cent to 175,000 by 2039, according to the Registrar General's Annual Report.

The report notes that this population will grow steadily. It is projected to be 157,000 by 2024, increasing further to 170,000 by 2034 before reaching 175,000 by 2039.

This is the second biggest population growth in that time frame across Northern Ireland.

Only Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (ACBCB) is set to experience a greater increase in popultion size with a projected 23.3 per cent increase in population size, taking its population total to 254,000.

Mid-Ulster District Council's projected population of 175,000 will make it the countyr' fourth most populated government district.

Only ACBCB, Belfast and Newry, Mourne and Down council areas will have a larger population.

Currently the council is the fifth most populated area in Northern Ireland however, Derry City and Strabane's population is set to decrease by 0.1 per cent.

The figures also reveal that in Dungannon there were an estimated 21,000 households, by 2017, this figure was projected to rise to 22,000 before reaching 25,000 in 2027.

Across the bounds of the council are estimated to be 48,000 households as of June 2012.

This figure is set to rise 53,000 by 2022, to 59,000 by 2032 and 61,000 by 2037.

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