16% of Slovenia’s population lived in the Podravska statistical region in 2015. The share of people aged 0–14 was among the lowest (13.5%); it was lower only in the Pomurska statistical region. In 2015 a national decrease was recorded, amounting to –1.7 per 1,000 population, and net migration was –0.8 per 1,000 population. The share of children born to unmarried mothers was among the highest (69.6%). The share of deaths before 65 years of age was the third highest in the country (20%). The share of population (25–64 years) with tertiary education was below the Slovenian average (24%) and the share of students from the region studying in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region was the lowest (21%).

The unemployment rate (11.0%) was higher than the national average (9.0%). The region generated 13% of the national GDP, but GDP per capita was the fifth lowest in the country. The region had slightly less than 26,000 enterprises with on average 4.6 persons employed. There was 423 dwellings per 1,000 populaton. 7% of dwellings was completed after 2005 which means that the Podravska region had a relatively high share of new dwellings. The share of buildings completed after 2005 was higher only in the Osrednjeslovenska and Obalno-kraška statistical regions. In the Podravska statistical region more than half a million overnight stays were generated in 2015; of these almost two thirds by foreign tourists. In the region 438 kg of municipal waste per capita was generated and 70% of it was collected separately, which was the fourth largest share.