Municipality Ribnica na Pohorju, which is part of the Koroška statistical region, measures 59 km2; this ranks it 117th among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2008 reveal the following:
At the end of 2008 about 1,200 people (about 600 men and 600 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Ribnica na Pohorju 202nd among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 21 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 4.0 (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 0.8. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 4.8 (in Slovenia 10.9).
The mean age of people in Ribnica na Pohorju was 41.6 years, which was higher than the national average (41.3 years).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Ribnica na Pohorju the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 116 people, aged 65 or 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 Ribnica na Pohorju 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 Ribnica na Pohorju – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.
Ribnica na Pohorju had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 26 children. Of all children aged 1–5, 55% were included in kindergartens, which was less than the national average of 70%. In the school year 2008/09 elementary school in Ribnica na Pohorju was attended by about 110 pupils. About 70 pupils from the municipality attended various secondary schools. There were 40 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 52% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is less than the national average of 62%.
The registered unemployment rate was 10.8%, which is more than the national average (6.7%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.
In Ribnica na Pohorju, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 12% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 9% lower.
Every 20th 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 1,261 per capita) was lower than the national average (EUR 3,165 EUR per capita).
In 2008, there were 490 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 39% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 71 m2.
Every other person in Ribnica na Pohorju had a car (47 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 8 years old.
In 2008, 463 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Ribnica na Pohorju, which is 44 kg more than on average in Slovenia.