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Based in the Midlands of Ireland, Longford is situated near the beautiful River Shannon. Longford (Irish: An Longfort) is the county town of County Longford in Ireland. It has a population of 10,008 according to the 2016 census. It is the biggest town in the county and about one third of the county’s population lives there. Longford lies at the meeting of Ireland’s N4 and N5 National Primary Route roads, which means that traffic traveling between Dublin and County Mayo, or North County Roscommon passes around the town. The station in Longford on the Dublin-Sligo line is important for commuters.
Longford town is a key employment hub for many people in its catchment area. It has a high ratio of jobs to resident workers (1:596), underpinning its role as an important economic driver for the North Midland’s economy. The population of Longford town grew by over 4% in the last five years, mirroring the national average. The town is home to a young demographic with those aged under 35 accounting for 52% of the total population. This is higher than the national profile at 47%. Compositionally, this is due to a higher than average proportion of 0-14 and 25-34 year olds, as Longford is home to an increasing number of families.
The town itself is highly diverse, multi-lingual and
multi-cultural; with almost 30% of residents being of a non-Irish nationality (20.4% being from the EU).
Longford’s employment profile is very evenly split between Commerce & Trade, Manufacturing, Professional Services, and Other Industries; with each holding roughly a quarter of the overall workforce. Abbott Ireland is a significant employer in the town employing over 600 employees at its diagnostic facility in Longford town. Its presence and successful growth in Longford has encouraged other high-tech companies to locate here and pursue R&D, ICT and manufacturing opportunities. Other employment sectors offering opportunity include engineering, food processing and public administration.
Longford is a very affordable town to live in, and though the median income is lower than in other areas of the region, so too is the cost of living and accommodation. The town itself has vibrant shopping and services to business sectors and is surrounded by a wide variety of local leisure and sporting amenities. Leisure activities are diverse and could include a stay at Center Parcs Longford Forest Resort, sailing or kayaking on Lough Ree or cycling along the Royal Canal.
The town is part of a vibrant and compact Midlands, with other Key Towns all within a 30-60 minute drive.