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Belfast: Population
Image of old style Belfast Belfast is the largest settlement in Northern Ireland. Nearly 60% of the Northern Ireland population live in the Greater Belfast area. But it wasn't always this size. The name 'Belfast' holds a clue to why people chose to settle in this area in this first place. Beál Feirste means 'mouth of the sandbank ford'. Over the centuries Belfast developed into a market town, a busy port and an industrial centre. In 1888 Belfast was declared a city!

View Belfast's growth on the graph below.
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Year Size (1,000)
1640 0.6
1690 1
1757 8
1800 20
1850 100
1900 349
1951 443
1991 280

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