The Primorsko-notranjska statistical region had 3% of Slovenia’s population in 2016. The region stood out with the lowest number of population and with the lowest population density (36 persons per km2). A natural decrease was recorded in 2016 (–1.0 per 1,000 population), while net migration was positive (2.1 per 1,000 population). The share of children born to unmarried mothers was the lowest in the country (less than half). The at-risk-of-poverty rate was second lowest among all regions; 9.5% of people were living below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold. The region had one of the lowest shares of deaths before 65 years of age (17.2%). A quarter of people aged 25–64 years had tertiary education. There were 36 students per 1,000 population in this region, which was slightly below the national average.

38% of persons in employment from this region worked in another statistical region, a large majority of them in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region. Average monthly net earnings were the lowest in the country (EUR 925). Gross value added in the agricultural sector was the highest among all statistical regions (6.4%). 83% of waste water was treated before discharge from the sewage system. In the region 450 kg of municipal waste per capita was generated and 70% of it was collected separately. The number of passenger cars per 1,000 population was the second highest in the country (569), while their average age was third in the country (10.6 years). 85% of overnight stays in this region were generated by foreign tourists, especially by those from Italy.