Pop­u­la­tion rises on the Costa

In­creases buck the down­wards trend of re­cent years

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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

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