Friday, March 24, 2017

Once again the Pitiusas records the highest population growth in the Balearic Islands

Following the trend of recent years, the Pitiusas once again recorded the largest increase in population in the Balearic Islands census. As of January 1st, 2015 (the latest official data, which is renewed every year), the Pitiusas reached a total population of 152,842 people – 1,026 more than in 2014. This represents an increase of 0.6%. The Balearic average is 0.1%. Overall, the Balearic Islands population now stands at 1,104,479 inhabitants.

The municipality of Vila has 49,975 residents – 282 more than last year, but still below the 50,401 recorded in 2013. Meanwhile Santa Eulàlia’s population fell for the second year as Sant Josep, Sant Antoni and Sant Joan all increased resident numbers.

Apart from last year, when Ibiza recorded a slight decrease in population of 0.06% (86 less), the Pitiusas’ population has increased every year for the last decade at a rate higher than that of both Mallorca and Menorca.

This year, the population of Ibiza reached 140,964 – 0.5% more than in 2014, and Formentera 11,878 (2.8% more than last year). In both cases the largest populations ever recorded. The population of Mallorca, with 859,289 registered voters, increased by only 0.1% – the same percentage as the average for all of the Balearic Islands. However, Menorca recorded a decrease in population of nearly a thousand, falling to 92,348 inhabitants.

For the second consecutive year, Santa Eulàlia’s population fell. It now stands at 35,812 residents, 377 less (1%) than in 2014 and 652 below (1.8%) the number of two years ago.

Sant Josep, the third largest municipality in terms of population, reached 25.674 inhabitants this year, 312 more (1.2%) than in 2014, reaching its highest ever population. The same applies in the case of Sant Antoni, whose population reached 23,631, after registering a rise of 272 residents (1.2%). Sant Joan also reached a record high this year with 5,872 residents, after posting an increase of 204 people (3.6%).

Although the population of the island of Ibiza has increased again after the slight decline last year, the pace of growth has stagnated. At each annual census during the last decade (the population in 2005 stood at 111,107 residents), there was an increase of several thousand residents until 2013 (140,354 residents, 2,997 more than in 2012), when growth slowed down. In 2014 the census dropped by 83 people. This year it has increased by 693, but remains far from the dynamic growth of previous years. Since 2005 the Ibizan population has increased by almost 27%.

The increase in the population of Formentera has been even more dramatic. In a decade it has risen from 7,506 people (2005) to 11,878, representing an increase of 58.2%, by far the highest increase in the Balearic archipelago. Formentera is the only Balearic island that has not suffered any decline in population for 10 years.

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