Municipality Bistrica ob Sotli, which is part of the Savinjska statistical region, measures 31 km2; this ranks it 175th among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2012 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2012 about 1,400 people (about 700 men and 700 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Bistrica ob Sotli 197th 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 lower than the number of deaths, which means that natural increase per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -4.3 (in Slovenia 1.3). 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 -7.8. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -12.1 (in Slovenia 1.6).
The mean age of people in Bistrica ob Sotli was 42.3 years, which was higher than the national average (42).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Bistrica ob Sotli the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 122 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 118. It also shows that the mean age of people in Bistrica ob Sotli 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 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 59 children or 80% of all children aged 1–5, which was more than the national average of 75%. In the school year 2012/2013 basic school in Bistrica ob Sotli was attended by about 170 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 60 pupils. There were 50 students and 10 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 47 per 1,000 and 10 per 1,000, respectively.
Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 57% 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 12.7%, which is more than the national average (12%). 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 13% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 9% lower.
In 2012, there were 462 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 61% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 79 m2.
About every other person in Bistrica ob Sotli had a car (53 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 10 years old.
In 2012, 146 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Bistrica ob Sotli, which is 181 kg less than on average in Slovenia.