Municipality Velenje, which is part of the Savinjska statistical region, measures 84 km2; this ranks it 83rd among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2010 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2010 about 33,050 people (about 16,800 men and 16,250 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Velenje 8th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 396 people per square kilometre, which was higher 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 municipality was positive. It was 3.3 (in Slovenia 1.8). 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 -14.2. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -11.0 (in Slovenia 1.6).
The mean age of people in Velenje was 40.5 years, which was lower than the national average (41.6).
In contrast to most Slovene municipalities, in Velenje the number of young people was higher than the number of old people: there were 92 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 117. It also shows that the mean age of people in Velenje 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 Velenje – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.
Velenje had 12 kindergartens. They were attended by 1.223 children or 76% of all children aged 1–5, which was more than the national average of 74%. In the school year 2010/2011 elementary schools in Velenje were attended by about 2,600 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 1,300 pupils. There were 57 students and 11 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 52 per 1,000 and 10 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 59%.
The registered unemployment rate was 12.4%, which is more than the national average (10.7%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.
In Velenje, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 7% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 6% lower.
Every 11th person in the municipality was receiving at least one financial social assistance. In Slovenia as a whole every 22nd person received at least one financial social assistance.
The value of gross investment in new fixed assets in the municipality (EUR 2,244 per capita) was higher than the national average (EUR 2,176 per capita).
In 2010, there were 380 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 52% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 74 m2.
Every other person in Velenje had a car (49 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 8 years old.
In 2010, 334 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Velenje, which is 55 kg less than on average in Slovenia.