The Obalno-kraška statistical region had 5% of Slovenia’s population in 2015. The region stood out with the highest share of foreign citizens in total population (9.2%). The mean age of first-time mothers was 30 years, 0.7 of a year higher than the national average. The share of people aged 25–64 with tertiary education was the third highest in the country (27.0%). The numbers of upper secondary school pupils (30 per 1,000 population) and tertiary education students (32 per 1,000 population) were the lowest here. The unemployment rate was above the national average (9.3%), while average monthly net earnings in the region (EUR 998) were below the national average.

GDP per capita was the second highest in the country (EUR 18,738); it was higher only in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region. The region had slightly more than 13,500 enterprises; on average they employed 3.1 people, which was the lowest number in the country. The region had the largest number of dwellings per 1,000 population (487); 60% of dwellings in the region (i.e. the lowest share in the country) had central heating. The Obalno-kraška region is very important for tourism. In 2015, almost 2.3 million overnight stays were generated here (42% by domestic and 58% by foreign tourists), the most in the country. As regards overnight stays by foreign tourists, most of them were generated by tourists from Italy (23%). In the region the highest amount of municipal waste per capita was generated (495 kg); 62% of municipal waste was collected separately (the national average was 69%). 99% of waste water in the region was treated before discharge into the sewage system.