Municipality Nova Gorica, which is part of the Goriška statistical region, measures 280 km2; this ranks it 10th among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2011 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2011 about 32,000 people (about 15,800 men and 16,200 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Nova Gorica 9th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 115 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 1.2 (in Slovenia 1.6). 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 -5.1. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -4.0 (in Slovenia 2.6).
The mean age of people in Nova Gorica was 43.5 years, which was higher than the national average (41.8).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Nova Gorica the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 136 people, aged 65 or more, per 100 people aged 0–14. This ratio shows that the value of the ageing index was higher than the national average of 117. It also shows that the mean age of people in Nova Gorica is growing more rapidly 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 Nova Gorica – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was the same.
Nova Gorica had 15 kindergartens. They were attended by 1,215 children or 75% of all children aged 1–5, which was less than the national average of 76%. In the school year 2011/2012 basic schools in Nova Gorica were attended by about 2,390 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 1,200 pupils. There were 50 students and 10 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 51 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 the same as the national average.
The registered unemployment rate was 10.4%, which is less than the national average (11.8%). In contrast to most Slovene municipalities, more men than women were unemployed.
In Nova Gorica, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 4% higher than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 5% higher.
Every 39th person in the municipality was receiving at least one financial social assistance. In Slovenia as a whole every 24th person received at least one financial social assistance.
In 2011, there were 419 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 72% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 82 m2.
About every other person in Nova Gorica had a car (61 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 9 years old.
In tourist accommodations in the municipality around 74,100 arrivals and 145,200 overnight stays of tourist were recorded, which is approximately 2.3% of all arrivals and 1.5% of all overnight stays of tourist in Slovenia.
In 2011, 503 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Nova Gorica, which is 151 kg more than on average in Slovenia.