Municipality Šentjur, which is part of the Savinjska statistical region, measures 222 km2; this ranks it 23rd among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2013 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2013 about 18,950 people (about 9,400 men and 9,550 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Šentjur 21st among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 85 people per square kilometre, which was lower than the national average of 102 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 0.6 (in Slovenia 0.9). 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 -1.9. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -1.3 (in Slovenia 1.1).
The mean age of people in Šentjur was 41.3 years, which was lower than the national average (42.2).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Šentjur the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 102 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 119. It also shows that the mean age of people in Šentjur 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 Šentjur – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was exactly the opposite.
Šentjur had 10 kindergarten. They were attended by 722 children or 72% of all children aged 1–5, which was less than the national average of 75%. In the school year 2013/2014 basic schools in Šentjur were attended by about 1,640 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 800 pupils. There were 50 students and 9 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 44 per 1,000 and 9 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 more than the national average of 57%.
The registered unemployment rate was 13.2%, which is more than the national average (13.1%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.
In Šentjur, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 17% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 14% lower.
In 2013, there were 398 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 64% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 81 m2.
About every other person in Šentjur had a car (53 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 10 years old.
In 2013, 242 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Šentjur, which is 78 kg less than on average in Slovenia.