Municipality Gornji Petrovci, which is part of the Pomurska statistical region, measures 67 km2; this ranks it 103th among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2012 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2012 about 2,150 people (about 1,050 men and 1,100 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Gornji Petrovci 179th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 32 people per square kilometre, which was lower 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 0.5 (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 -5.1. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -4.7 (in Slovenia 1.6).
The mean age of people in Gornji Petrovci was 46.2 years, which was higher than the national average (42).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Gornji Petrovci the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 195 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 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 46 children or 64% of all children aged 1–5, which was less than the national average of 75%. In the school year 2012/2013 basic school in Gornji Petrovci was attended by about 120 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 70 pupils. There were 30 students and 5 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 16.3%, which is more than the national average (12%). 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 25% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 21% lower.
In 2012, there were 538 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 (51 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 10 years old.
In 2012, 113 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Gornji Petrovci, which is 214 kg less than on average in Slovenia.