Municipality Bistrica ob Sotli, which is part of the Savinjska statistical region, measures 31 km2; this ranks it 173rd among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2009 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2009 about 1,400 people (about 700 men and 700 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Bistrica ob Sotli 196th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 45 people per square kilometre, which was lower than the national average of 101 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 muncipality was positive. It was 0.7 (in Slovenia 1.5). The number of people who moved from the municipality was higher than the number of people who moved into the municipality, so net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -0.7. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was zero (in Slovenia 7.2).
The mean age of people in Bistrica ob Sotli was 41.8 years, which was higher than the national average (41.4 years).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Bistrica ob Sotli the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 114 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 Bistrica ob Sotli 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 Bistrica ob Sotli – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.
Bistrica ob Sotli had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 48 children or 54% of all children aged 1–5, which was less than the national average of 72%. In the school year 2009/10 elementary school in Bistrica ob Sotli was attended by about 170 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 60 pupils. There were 60 students and 9 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 56 per 1,000 and 9 per 1,000, respectively.
Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 58% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is less than the national average of 61%.
The registered unemployment rate was 14.0%, which is more than the national average (9.1%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.
In Bistrica ob Sotli, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 9% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 5% lower.
Every 17th person in the municipality was receiving at least one financial social assistance. In Slovenia as a whole every 23rd person received at least one financial social assistance.
The value of gross investment in new fixed assets in the municipality (EUR 173 per capita) was lower than the national average (EUR 2,564 per capita).
In 2009, there were 465 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 50% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 75 m2.
Every other person in Bistrica ob Sotli had a car (51 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 9 years old.
In 2009, 209 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Bistrica ob Sotli, which is 195 kg less than on average in Slovenia.