How to Decide Where to Live in Ireland
Deciding where to live in Ireland
Most people relocating from America to Ireland for work will already know where they are going to live—your location will have been confirmed during the application process for an employment permit. However, if you aren’t relocating for work or haven’t yet secured employment, you’ll need to take several factors into account when deciding on where to live.
From low crime rates to health and education systems, there are many variables to consider when choosing the perfect place for you and your family to call home. Geography and weather can also play a large part in your decision, just as unemployment rates, average salary and the cost living are likely to influence the location of your new home.
To help you decide where in Ireland will best suit both your needs and those of your family, some of the most important factors are outlined below.
What is the Unemployment Rate in Ireland?
Understanding local unemployment rates is vital in choosing where you live. Unemployment rates are a key statistic in gauging your employment prospects and how quickly you will be able to find a job. The Central Office of Statistics provides searchable data on unemployment statistics in specific areas throughout Ireland.
What is the Average Salary in Ireland?
The average annual salary in Ireland is approximately €26,800 per annum. However, a better factor to consider when choosing where to live in Ireland is the local average salary, which will provide a good indication of your likely earning potential. PayScale offers average salary statistics for specific cities in Ireland.
What is the Cost of Living in Ireland?
The cost of living in Ireland varies greatly from county-to-county and even city-to-city. Investigate the average cost of living in your preferred locations so that you can budget accordingly.
The following list provides an idea of the average prices you can expect to pay for products and services in Ireland’s most expensive city, Dublin (although keep in mind that these prices will vary based on both location and provider):
- Monthly rent for an unfurnished three-bedroom apartment: €2,300
- A dozen eggs: €3
- A liter of milk: €1
- A loaf of bread: €1.50
- McDonald’s Big Mac Meal: €8
- A cappuccino: €3
- Three course meal for two (mid-range restaurant): €30
- Monthly internet (with 8MB download): €45
- Monthly utilities (gas, power and water) for a small apartment: €150
- Petrol (per liter): €1.30
What are Crime Rates Like in Ireland?
Everyone wants to find a safe neighborhood to call home. Just how safe a neighborhood is varies from county-to-county and even city-to-city. So, before you decide where to live in Ireland, review The Irish Examiner's crime rates by county.
What is the Quality and Availability of Health Care Like in Ireland?
The standard of healthcare in Ireland is very high. There is a good doctor-patient ratio and the size of the country means that you can access quality healthcare from most areas. However, you should be aware that healthcare may be limited in some of the more remote areas of Ireland.
For more information, visit What is the Health Care System Like in Ireland?
What is the Quality of Schools Like in Ireland?
If your children will be accompanying you on your relocation to Ireland, it’s important that you move to an area that can provide them with a quality education. Schooldays has published a list of the top 10 schools in each of the Irish counties, as well as the top 10 boys schools, top 10 girls schools and the top 20 co-educational schools.
For more information, visit What is the Education and Schooling System Like in Ireland?
What is the Population Wellbeing and Standard of Living in Ireland?
Ireland performs well in many measures of wellbeing relative to most other countries in the OECD Better Life Index. Ireland ranks above average in housing, personal security, health, education, social connections, subjective wellbeing, work-life balance and environmental quality. However, Ireland is below average in income and civic engagement.
However, when it comes to deciding on a place to live, you really need an understanding of what local population wellbeing is like. Healthy Ireland provides some information on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the Irish population in the different counties and cities.
What are Tolerance and Diversity Like in Ireland?
If you or any member of your family belongs to a minority group, general levels of societal tolerance and diversity are important factors. As in any country, some cities and counties of Ireland are more accepting of cultural, racial, religious and sexual differences, both socially and legally.
What is the Average Commute Time in Ireland?
When deciding on where to live in Ireland, the average commute time can be an important consideration, particularly if you plan to drive to and from work every day. On average, 70% of the Irish population drives to work every day, with an average commute time of around 30 minutes per day. This report by the Central Office of Statistics provides in-depth information on commute times throughout Ireland.
What is the Climate Like in Ireland?
The Atlantic Ocean is the greatest influence on the climate, saving Ireland from the extremes in temperature that afflict other countries at the same latitude. The average annual temperature throughout Ireland is 9°C (48°F). The middle and eastern portions of Ireland have more extremes in temperature than the rest of the country, ranging from a daily mean of 19°C (66°F) in summer to 2.5°C (36°F) in winter. It can rain for up to 200 days every year in Ireland, with the northwest, west and southwest of the country experiencing the highest rainfall levels. Be sure to research the climate of the potential county you’re planning to live in to ensure it suits your preferred lifestyle.
What is the Geography of Ireland?
Inland Ireland is characterized by lowlands of rolling plains, lakes, bogs and rivers. The Comeragh, Blackstairs, Bluestack, Derryveagh, Reeks, Ox, Slieve Mish and Wicklow are some of the major mountain ranges in the country. The highest point is Carrauntuohill in the far southwest, which stands at 1,041m (3,415 feet) high.
A major geographical feature of Ireland is the sea cliffs along the west coast. The Cliffs of Moher are the most famous stretch, reaching a height of 213m (698 feet).
Ireland is also surrounded by islands, including the Aran Islands which lie to the southwest of Galway, and Achill, which is the largest.
The River Shannon runs for 386km (239 miles), making it Ireland’s largest river, and feeding four major lakes: Lough Bafin, Lough Allen, Lough Derg and Lough Ree.
What is the Weather Like in Ireland?
will have to accept the fact that rain, fog and mist are part of daily life in Ireland. It essentially rains all year-round in Ireland. While this rain may be an annoyance, it is also the reason for the year-round lush green hills that have made Ireland a tourist destination for so many years.
Temperatures are moderate, thanks to the Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Ocean. Summers are mild but rarely hot with temperatures between 16°C (60°F) and 21°C (70°F). Winters are mild but rarely freezing, with temperatures hovering between 4°C (40°F) and 16°C (60°F). Rainfall is heaviest in Winter and Fall, and snowfall is very rare.