THE urban area surrounding Newbridge legal town boundaries was the fastest growing area of the county between 2006 and 2011, an analysis of the Census shows, writes Henry Bauress.
While the number of people in the town’s legal boundary grew by half of one percent to 17,127, the environs of the town grew 200% to 4,434, bring the overall urban area to 21,561.
A number of other, smaller areas, saw large increases.
Kilmeade grew 117% to bring its population to 299 while Brownstown, near the Curragh grew 76% to 846.
Castledermot rose 58% to 1,398.
Among the larger urban areas, Sallins grew 45% to 5,238 and Rathangan grew 38% to 2,374 people.
This particular group lists 49 large and small town areas and fifteen of these saw population increases of 25% or more.
While the size of towns across the State grew almost 11% on average, there were larger increases in Kildare’s bigger population areas.
So too in smaller areas close to Newbridge and Kildare. Milltown grew 51% to 365 people and Kilmeague 46% to 997.
Straffan attracted an extra 45% and now has 635 people.
In the large towns the biggest rises were in Athy, where the legal boundary area saw a 20.7% rise to 9587 and its environs grew 23.3% to 339.
The student town of Maynooth grew 16.8% to 12,510 and Kilcullen recorded a similar extension to leave with caring for 3,472 people.
The legal boundary area of Naas grew just 3.3% to 20,713 while the Celbridge population increased 13% to 19,537.
The legal town area of Leixlip sas its population rise 5.3% to 15,452 while Kildare town saw its numbers rise 8% to 8,142.