Municipality Murska Sobota, which is part of the Pomurska statistical region, measures 64 km2; this ranks it 106th among Slovene municipalities.
Statistical data for 2021 reveal the following:
In the middle of 2021 about 18,550 people (about 8,930 men and 9,620 women) were living in the municipality, which ranks Murska Sobota 22nd among Slovene municipalities. The population density was 288 people per square kilometre, which was higher than the national average of 104 people per square kilometre.
The number of live births was lower than the number of deaths, which means that natural increase per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -7.1 (in Slovenia -2.0). 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 2.8. The sum of natural increase and net migration per 1,000 population in the municipality was negative. It was -1.5 (in Slovenia -0.9).
The mean age of people in Murska Sobota was 47.1 years, which was lower than the national average (43.8).
As in most Slovene municipalities, in Murska Sobota the number of old people was higher than the number of young people: there were 206 people, aged 65 or more, per 100 people aged 0–14. This ratio shows that the value of the ageing index was higher than the national average of 139. It also shows that the mean age of people in Murska Sobota is growing more rapidly than in Slovenia as a whole. Data by sex show that the ageing index for women was in all municipalities except in five (Črna na Koroškem, Dobrovnik/Dobronak, Jezersko, Loški Potok in Mislinja) higher than the ageing index for men. In Murska Sobota – as in most Slovene municipalities – more women were 65+ years old than 14 or less; for men the situation was the same.
Murska Sobota had 10 kindergartens, which were attended by 697 children. Of all children in the municipality aged 1–5, 86% were included in kindergartens, which was more than the national average of 81%. In the school year 2021/22 elementary schools in Murska Sobota were attended by about 1,720 pupils, while various upper secondary schools were attended by about 600 pupils. There were 34 students and 7 graduates per 1,000 people in the municipality; in Slovenia the averages were 39 per 1,000 and 8 per 1,000, respectively.
Among people aged 15–64 (i.e. working age population) about 60% were persons in employment (i.e. persons in paid employment or self-employed persons), which is less than the national average (67%).
In Murska Sobota, average monthly gross earnings per person employed by legal persons were about 2% lower than the annual average of monthly earnings for Slovenia; net earnings were about 2% lower.
Among 1,000 inhabitants in the municipality, 566 had a passenger car. The car was on average 10 years old.
In 2021, 571 kg of municipal waste per person was collected in Murska Sobota, which is 206 kg more than on average in Slovenia.