Economic Facts and Figures

  • Cork City is Ireland's second-largest and fastest-growing city with a city population of 210,000 and a metropolitan area population of 305,000
  • Cork City was voted the No.1 small European city for economic potential in the 2022/2023 edition of the Financial Times European Cities of the Future Awards. 
  • Cork Airport is Ireland's second busiest airport and provides access to all major European destinations.
  • Cork contributes 19% of Ireland's GDP and has the 4th highest disposable income per capita in Ireland. 
  • 194 multinational firms are present in Cork operating across sectors such as pharmaceuticals, technology, cybersecurity, and financial services employing almost 43,000 people. 
  • There are more than 36,000 students enrolled in various disciplines in Cork City's third level colleges.