The Obalno-kraška statistical region had 5% of Slovenia’s population in 2016. The region stood out with the highest share of foreign citizens in total population (9.7%) and with the largest number of people emigrating abroad (10 per 1,000 population). The mean age of first-time mothers was 29.9 years, 0.5 of a year higher than the national average. The share of people aged 25–64 years with tertiary education was the third highest in the country (28%). The shares of upper secondary school pupils (30 per 1,000 population) and tertiary education students (31 per 1,000 population) were the lowest here. The unemployment rate was slightly above the national average (11.8%), while average monthly net earnings in the region (EUR 1,015) were EUR 15 below the national average.
GDP per capita was the second highest in the country (EUR 19,928) behind the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region. The region had 13,855 enterprises; on average they employed 3.1 people, which was the lowest number in the country. The Obalno-kraška region is very important for tourism. In 2016, almost 2.4 million overnight stays were generated here (41% by domestic and 59% by foreign tourists), the most in the country. As regards overnight stays by foreign tourists, most of them were generated by tourists from Italy (21%). In the region the highest amount of municipal waste per capita was generated (577 kg); 57% of municipal waste was collected separately (the national average was 67%). 95% of waste water in the region was treated before discharge from the sewage system. In this region 2.7% gross investment for environmental protection was contributed.