Kilkenny - Geography

Geography

See also: Geography of Ireland and Demographics of Ireland
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1821 23,230
1831 23,741 +2.2%
1841 19,071 −19.7%
1851 15,257 −20.0%
1861 13,235 −13.3%
1871 12,710 −4.0%
1881 12,299 −3.2%
1891 11,048 −10.2%
1901 10,609 −4.0%
1911 19,514 +83.9%
1926 10,046 −48.5%
1936 10,237 +1.9%
1946 10,291 +0.5%
1951 10,572 +2.7%
1956 12,328 +16.6%
1961 12,081 −2.0%
1966 12,030 −0.4%
1971 13,306 +10.6%
1981 16,886 +26.9%
1986 17,517 +3.7%
1991 17,669 +0.9%
1996 18,696 +5.8%
2002 20,735 +10.9%
2006 22,179 +7.0%
2011 24,423 +10.1%

Kilkenny it is situated in the Nore Valley on both banks of the River Nore, at the centre of County Kilkenny in the province of Leinster in the south-east of Ireland. The first edition of the Ordnance Survey map for Kilkenny was in 1837, is held the County Library.

The elevation is 60 metres (200 ft) above mean sea level. The area of Kilkenny borough is 3.74 square kilometres (1.44 sq mi). Kilkenny is the smallest city in Ireland and although all cities in Ireland are by the coast or along a river Kilkenny is the only city that is not tidal.

Kilkenny is 117 kilometres (73 mi) from the capital Dublin and 48 kilometres (30 mi) north from the nearest city Waterford. Wexford is 80 kilometres (50 mi) to the south-east and Limerick is 122 kilometres (76 mi) to the west.

Kilkenny borough has a population of 8,591, however the majority of the population of Kilkenny live outside the borough boundary. Kilkenny City borough and its environs had a population of 22,179 in 2006.

Changes as of the 2006 census, by the Central Statistics Office, Kilkenny Town Borough had a population of 8,661 which was an increase of 70 persons over the 2002 figure of 8,591 or 0.8%. The Town Environs had a population of 13,518 which was an increase of 1347 persons over the 2002 figure of 12,144 or 11.3%. Overall both the Borough & Environs had a population of 22,179 in 2006 which was an increase of 1444 persons over the 2002 figure of 20,735 or 6.96%. People from Kilkenny are often referred to as 'Cats'.

Disposable household income per person as of 2005 was 18,032 euro and the index of disposable household was 89.4.

Kilkenny is multilingual but predominantly English-speaking, with Irish being the second most commonly spoken language. In recent decades, with the increase of immigration on an all-Ireland basis, many more languages have been introduced into Kilkenny.

The main religion is Catholic, however there are Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Jewish and other religious traditions living in Kilkenny.

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