The Koroška statistical region had 3% of Slovenia’s population in 2016. 72% of the children born in the region in 2016 were born to unmarried mothers; this was the highest share among all statistical regions. The mean age of first-time mothers was 27.9 years, the lowest in Slovenia. The share of people aged 25–64 years with tertiary education was the third lowest in Slovenia (23%). The number of students per 1,000 population (38) was the same as the national average. The unemployment rate (7.4%) was slightly below the national average (8.0%). The gender difference in unemployment rates was very high in this region; the rate for men was 5.2% and for women 9.9%. People living in the Koroška statistical region on average assessed their satisfaction with their lives the lowest (6.7 out of 10).
In the Koroška statistical region 2.8% of the national GDP was generated in 2016. GDP per capita was the fourth lowest in the country (EUR 15,781). Koroška is not particularly important in terms of tourism. In 2016 only 1% of all overnight stays in Slovenia were recorded here; even fewer were recorded in the Zasavska and Primorsko-notranjska statistical regions. As regards foreign tourists, tourists from Croatia generated the largest number of overnight stays. In 2016, the average size of an agricultural holding was 7.5 ha. In the Koroška statistical region 381 kg of municipal waste per capita was generated. 83% of waste water released from the sewage system was treated before discharge.