Is New Ross a Nice Place to Live? (2024)

is new ross a nice place to live?

Is new ross a nice place to live?

This is a question we get a lot.

‘Ross’ (as the locals call it) has evolved a lot over time. In recent years, there’s been a lot of positive developments from the New Ross Greenway to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge.

For anyone considering a move, it’s essential to evaluate various factors such as amenities, cost of living, population, and reputation. In this blog post, we delve into the vital aspects to help you determine if New Ross is the ideal place for YOU to call home.

Sound good?

Excellent. Let’s get started.

What is the population of New Ross?

According to the latest CSO figures from 2022 census, New Ross has a population of 8610 people. This up about 600 people since the 2016 census which indicates that it’s popularity is rising. At 8610 persons, this makes New Ross the fourth largest town in Wexford.

However, historically the population has shown slow growth over the years. For example, it was pushing 5000 in 1956 at 4643 people (source CSO).

General Overview of New Ross

Nestled along the banks of the River Barrow, New Ross is a town with a rich historical tapestry. It boasts a population of approximately 8,000 residents, offering a small-town charm with the conveniences of modern living. New Ross is known for its historical landmarks, including the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of a 19th-century emigrant vessel, which pays homage to the town’s history of emigration.

Dunbrody new ross

Amenities and Services

New Ross is well-equipped with a variety of amenities and services that cater to the needs of its residents.

Shopping and Retail

New Ross town center hosts an array of shops, from quaint boutiques to larger retail stores. Supermarkets such as Aldi and Tesco are conveniently located, ensuring residents have easy access to daily necessities.


Healthcare facilities in New Ross include general practitioners, dental clinics, and pharmacies. For more specialised medical care, residents can access facilities in nearby Waterford, which is about a 20 minute spin in the car (probably less if you’re going to Ferrybank)


New Ross offers a range of educational institutions, including primary and secondary schools. St. Mary’s Secondary School and Good Counsel College are notable examples. For higher education, the South East Technological University (SETU) in Waterford provides a range of courses and programs.

Recreational Facilities

One of the highlights of New Ross is the New Ross Greenway, a picturesque walking and cycling path that follows the route of the old railway line. This South East Greenway (as it’s also known as) provides a scenic escape for outdoor enthusiasts, offering stunning views of the River Barrow and the surrounding countryside. Additionally, there are several parks, sports centers, and community centers that host various activities and events throughout the year.

A popular one is JFK park which makes for a great gateway and escape. (JFK has a strong connection with the place as per the statue on the quay).

jfk new ross

Cost of Living

Now the part you really want to know about. This is of course relevant to where you are coming from. However generally speaking, the cost of living in New Ross is relatively affordable compared to larger cities like Dublin, Cork or even close by Waterford.


Housing prices in New Ross are reasonable, with a variety of options ranging from modern apartments to traditional family homes. Rental rates are also competitive, making it an attractive option for those looking to save on living expenses.

Check out the latest cost of  New Ross rents here.

If you’re in the market to buy, check out New Ross Properties for sale here.


The cost of utilities, including electricity, water, and internet, is on par with national averages.

Groceries and Dining

Grocery prices are comparable to other towns in the region, and there are plenty of dining options, from casual cafes to fine dining restaurants, catering to diverse tastes and budgets.

Employment Opportunities

New Ross has a diverse economy with opportunities in various sectors.

Key Industries

Key industries in New Ross include agriculture, retail, and tourism. The town’s historical attractions, such as the Dunbrody Famine Ship, draw numerous visitors, boosting the local economy.

Job Market

The job market in New Ross is stable, with opportunities in education, healthcare, and retail. Additionally, its proximity to Waterford allows residents to commute to a broader range of employment opportunities.

Remote Work

The rise of remote work has also benefited New Ross, allowing residents to work for companies based in other parts of Ireland or even internationally, while enjoying the town’s relaxed lifestyle.

Where are the best places to live in New Ross?

Fortunately there are a lot of great places around Ross. It depends on what you’re preferences are. In the town centre, there is a hustle and bustle. Irishtown is another area in Ross that is centrally located and very easy to get around the town.

If you cross over the bridge into Rosbercon, you have the best of both worlds – close to the town (like a 10 minute walk) and you have the quietness of the country at your back (plus it’s easy for the commute to Waterford). And of course the Greenway is on your doorstep here.

If you go further out, other great areas close to Ross include:

  • Tullogher
  • Oaklands
  • Macmurrough

Transportation and Connectivity

New Ross is well-connected, making commuting and travel convenient.

Public Transportation

Public transportation options include buses that connect New Ross to nearby towns and cities. For those who prefer to drive, the town is served by a network of well-maintained roads.

Proximity to Major Cities

New Ross is conveniently located near Waterford, which is about a 20-minute drive away. Dublin is approximately two hours away by car, making it feasible for occasional trips to the capital.

And since the new bridge has opened in 2019, getting to east of county Wexford has gotten a lot easier as the traffic bottleneck in the town is a lot easier.

Community and Lifestyle

New Ross offers a welcoming and vibrant community with a rich cultural life.

Community Events

The town hosts various community events throughout the year, including festivals, markets, and cultural events. These activities foster a strong sense of community and provide opportunities for residents to engage and connect.


New Ross is considered a safe place to live, with low crime rates and a friendly, supportive community.


The town is family-friendly, with plenty of parks, playgrounds, and activities for children. The New Ross Greenway, in particular, is a great spot for family outings and outdoor adventures.

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Reputation and Reviews

New Ross enjoys a positive reputation among its residents and visitors alike.


Current and former residents often praise the town for its friendly atmosphere, affordability, and scenic beauty. The New Ross Greenway is frequently highlighted as a major asset, providing a beautiful and tranquil space for recreation.

Online Reviews

Online reviews consistently rate New Ross highly for its amenities, safety, and quality of life. Visitors often remark on the town’s historical charm and the warm welcome they receive from locals.

Pros and Cons


  • Affordable cost of living
  • Scenic recreational facilities like the New Ross Greenway
  • Strong sense of community
  • Proximity to Waterford and other major cities
  • Rich historical and cultural heritage


  • Limited employment opportunities compared to larger cities
  • Smaller population size might not appeal to everyone
  • Public transportation options are limited compared to urban areas

So is New Ross a nice place to live?

You can bet tour bottom dollar it is.

We’re not saying it’s paradise where everything is sunshine and rainbows. Ross like the rest of the country suffers from the Irish weather and rising cost of living. That said, all other things being equal, New Ross is a delightful town that offers a balanced mix of modern amenities, historical charm, and a strong sense of community.

Its relative affordable cost of living, coupled with scenic attractions like the New Ross Greenway, makes it an attractive place to live for families, professionals, and retirees alike. While it’s not the epicentre of jobs in the south east, Kilkenny and particularly Waterford are 2 nearby cities with many employment opportunities.

If you’re looking for a welcoming and picturesque place to call home, New Ross might just be the perfect fit for you.


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