Municipality Ribnica na Pohorju, which is part of the Koroška statistical region, measures 59 km2; this ranks it 117th among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2012 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2012 about 1,200 people (about 600 men and 600 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Ribnica na Pohorju 203th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 20 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 -0.8 (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 -5. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -5.8 (in Slovenia 1.6).
The mean age of people in Ribnica na Pohorju was 42.1 years, which was higher than the national average (42).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Ribnica na Pohorju the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 113 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 Ribnica na Pohorju 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 Ribnica na Pohorju – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.
Ribnica na Pohorju had 1 kindergarten. It was attended by 34 children or 48% of all children aged 1–5, which was less than the national average of 75%. In the school year 2012/2013 basic school in Ribnica na Pohorju was attended by about 110 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 60 pupils. There were 50 students and 6 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 50% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is less than the national average of 57%.
The registered unemployment rate was 15.7%, which is more than the national average (12%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.
In Ribnica na Pohorju, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 21% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 17% lower.
In 2012, there were 469 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 56% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 82 m2.
Every other person in Ribnica na Pohorju had a car (50 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 9 years old.
In 2012, 381 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Ribnica na Pohorju, which is 54 kg more than on average in Slovenia.