Municipality Gornji Petrovci, which is part of the Pomurska statistical region, measures 67 km2; this ranks it 103rd among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2011 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2011 about 2,200 people (about 1,050 men and 1,150 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Gornji Petrovci 177th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 33 people per square kilometre, which was lower than the national average of 101 people per square kilometre.
The number of live births was lower than the number of deaths, which means that natural increase per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -6.0 (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 -4.6. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -10.6 (in Slovenia 2.6).
The mean age of people in Gornji Petrovci was 45.8 years, which was higher than the national average (41.8).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Gornji Petrovci the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 186 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 Gornji Petrovci 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 Gornji Petrovci – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was the same.
Gornji Petrovci had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 44 children or 68% of all children aged 1–5, which was less than the national average of 76%. In the school year 2011/2012 basic school in Gornji Petrovci was attended by about 120 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 90 pupils. There were 30 students and 8 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 59% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is more than the national average of 58%.
The registered unemployment rate was 14.7%, which is more than the national average (11.8%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.
In Gornji Petrovci, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 27% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 23% lower.
Every 15th 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 534 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 59% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 84 m2.
Every other person in Gornji Petrovci had a car (49 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 10 years old.
In 2011, 122 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Gornji Petrovci, which is 230 kg less than on average in Slovenia.