Ibiza has seen a decrease in population for the first time since 1996, the year that the National Statistics Institute (INE) began collecting demographic data on the Spanish municipalities. In fact, during the last year the population loss has hardly been significant – there were 83 less people than in the last census, but this is the first time that this has occurred.
Sant Josep, Sant Antoni and Formentera are the only municipalities in the Balearic Islands that have not lost population over the last year. The island of Ibiza ended 2014 with 140,271 registered inhabitants compared to 140,354 recorded in late 2013. Ibiza, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Joan had less population in 2014 than the previous year.
The population in Vila began to slow down ten years ago. In fact, the population in Ibiza in 2012 was higher than in 2014. However, Vila had only 33,223 inhabitants in 2000 compared to 50,401 in 2013.
Santa Eulària des Riu, with 36,189 registered inhabitants, had 36,464 people registered in 2013.
Sant Josep, however, is one of the municipalities on the island of Ibiza that has grown in population. It has risen from 24,498 to 25,362 inhabitants in 2013-2014.
Sant Antoni de Portmany, the fourth municipality of Ibiza, has 23,359 inhabitants compared to 23,314 last year.