Factors Driving Carlow's Economy

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  • Aspects of Carlow

Agriculture, Industry and Population

Carlow is a rich agricultural county in which tillage, sheep and dairy farming are all found. Crops grown include barley, wheat, potatoes and soft fruits. Sugar beet was also widely cultivated for many years because of the sugar processing industry in Carlow town.

Carlow has a growing industrial base. Since the 1970s, international companies such as Braun, now Braun Oral B (personal care products), and Läpple (which makes parts for the auto industry), have been established in the county. Other industries include meat processing, agricultural engineering and market gardening.

The number of people living in Carlow increased steadily throughout the twentieth century. According to the Preliminary Report of the Census of 2006, the total population of Carlow is now 50,471. In 1926, there were only 34,476 inhabitants. The Census of 2002 showed the population to be 41,616.