Municipality Žiri, which is part of the Gorenjska statistical region, measures 49 km2; this ranks it 136th among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2008 reveal the following:
At the end of 2008 about 4,900 people (about 2,400 men and 2,500 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Žiri 101st among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 99 people per square kilometre, which was lower than the national average of 100 people per square kilometre.
The number of live births was higher than the number of deaths, which means that natural increase per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 2.2 (in Slovenia 1.7). The number of people who moved from the municipality was lower than the number of people who moved into the municipality, so net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 4.9. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 7.1 (in Slovenia 10.9).
The mean age of people in Žiri was 39.8 years, which was lower than the national average (41.3 years).
In contrast to most Slovene municipalities, in Žiri the number of young people was higher than the number of old people: there were 99 people, aged 65 more, per 100 people aged 0–14. This ratio shows that the value of the ageing index was lower than the national average of 118. It also shows that the mean age of people in Žiri is growing more slowly than in Slovenia as a whole. Data by sex show that the ageing index for women was in all Slovene municipalities higher than the ageing index for men. In Žiri – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.
Žiri had 2 kindergartens. They were attended by 232 children. Of all children aged 1–5, 78% were included in kindergartens, which was more than the national average of 70%. In the school year 2008/09 elementary school in Žiri was attended by about 510 pupils. About 250 pupils from the municipality attended various secondary schools. There were 60 students and 8 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 55 per 1,000 and 8 per 1,000, respectively.
Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 65% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is more than the national average of 62%.
The registered unemployment rate was 2.4%, which is less than the national average (6.7%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.
In Žiri, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 13% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 10% lower.
Every 103th person in the municipality was receiving at least one financial social assistance. In Slovenia as a whole every 28th person received at least one financial social assistance.
The value of gross investment in new fixed assets in the municipality (EUR 1,226 per capita) was lower than the national average (EUR 3,165 EUR per capita).
In 2008, there were 387 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 70% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 78 m2.
Every other person in Žiri had a car (51 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 9 years old.
In 2008, 282 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Žiri, which is 137 kg less than on average in Slovenia.