Municipality Novo mesto, which is part of the Jugovzhodna Slovenija statistical region, measures 236 km2; this ranks it 20th among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2015 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2015 about 36,350 people (about 18,050 men and 18,300 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Novo mesto 6th among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 154 people per square kilometre, which was higher 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 2.1 (in Slovenia 0.4). The number of people who moved from the municipality was lower than the number of people who moved into the municipality, so net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 1.4. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was positive. It was 3.5 (in Slovenia 0.6).
The mean age of people in Novo mesto was 41.3 years, which was lower than the national average (42.6).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Novo mesto the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 103 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 123. It also shows that the mean age of people in Oplotnica 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 Novo mesto – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was the same.
In the school year 2015/2016 basic schools in Novo mesto were attended by about 3350 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 1,400 pupils. There were 50 students and 10 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 39 per 1,000 and 9 per 1,000, respectively.
Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 61% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self–employed persons), which is more than the national average (58%).
The registered unemployment rate was 10.8%, which is less than the national average (12.3%). As in most Slovene municipalities, more women than men were unemployed.
In Novo mesto, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 14% higher than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; and net earnings about 23% lower.
In 2015, there were 376 dwellings per 1,000 population. About 58% of dwellings had at least three rooms. Average size of dwellings in the municipality was 83 m2.
Every other person in Novo mesto had a car (54 passenger cars per 100 population); cars in this municipality were on average 8.6 years old.
In 2015, 327 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Novo mesto, which is 12 kg more than on average in Slovenia.