Population rises on the Costa
Increases buck the downwards trend of recent years
Appeals to expats to sign on the municipal register in Alicante province and Murcia region appear to have borne fruit, with increases bucking the downwards trend of recent years
By Nuria Pérez APPEALS from local authorities for expats to sign on the municipal register (padrón) in Alicante province and Murcia region appear to have borne fruit, according to the latest report by the national statistics institute (INE).
Their figures show that the number of registered residents increased in 2018 in most towns and cities in the Vega Baja, the north coast of Alicante and the Mar Menor area.
According to INE, the highest population rises occurred in Calpe (829 new residents), Benidorm (727 new residents), Orihuela (681 new residents), Santa Pola (608 new residents), Torre Pacheco (416 new residents), Guardamar del Segura (342 new residents), San Fulgencio (329 new residents), Los Alcázares (325 new residents), Callosa de Segura (239 new residents), San Pedro del Pinatar (264 new residents) and Pilar de la Horadada (216 new residents). However, Torrevieja continues to haemorrhage registered citizens, down by 653 – and the south Alicante town has lost more residents than any other municipality in Alicante province in the last five years.
The 2018 figure of 82,599 is down from 105,205 in 2013.
Second from bottom in the reduction table is Orihuela, with the municipality losing nearly 15,000 residents in the last five years – down from 91,260 in 2013 to 76,778 last year.
Nevertheless, Torrevieja is still the third most populated city in Alicante province – only Alicante and Elche have more registered residents, with Orihuela in fourth and Benidorm (67,558) in fifth.
Only Villajoyosa and Elche have grown in the last five years, with the former up from 33,834 to 33,969 and the latter rising from 230,224 to 230,625.
Following the population slide in recent years, town halls had appealed to foreign residents through various media campaigns to register on the ‘padrón’.
They reminded citizens that the registered population number plays a key role in the funding councils receive from regional and national governments.
Most towns are on the up - but the slide in Torrevieja is continuing