In terms of the area, the Goriška statistical region covers almost the same surface area as the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region, but it had almost five times less population. In 2019, the population of this region represented 6% of the population of Slovenia as a whole. The region was among the least densely populated regions with on average 51 people per square kilometre. The average age of the population in this region was the second highest at the regional level (44.9 years); on average, the oldest were the inhabitants of the Pomurska statistical region (45.5 years). The age structure of the population was less favourable. The share of the population aged 65 or more was the highest among regions at 22.6%. The aging index was also among the highest: 153. This means that per 100 children (i.e. persons under the age of 15), there were on average 153 persons aged 65 or more. Compared to the rest of Slovenia, the share of live births outside marriage was the lowest (48.6%). The share of children aged 1–5 included in kindergartens was also the lowest (77.5%). As regards the number of students per 1,000 population (37), the region ranked first.
In 2019, inhabitants of the Goriška region, as well as inhabitants of Gorenjska, assessed general satisfaction with their life with the highest average score, i.e. 7.7 (out of 10). Dwellings that were in bad condition (problems such as a leaking roof, damp walls/floors/foundation, or rot in window frames or the floor) were inhabited by 29% of households, which was the highest share among the regions. In 2019, 16% of persons in employment in this region worked outside the region of residence. Only one region, Osrednjeslovenska, had a lower rate, namely 10%. The number of passenger cars per 1,000 population was the highest in the country (621), as was their average age (11.7 years). In 2019, 537 kg of municipal waste per capita was generated, which was 28 kg over the national average; 69% of municipal waste was collected separately. Households in the region were supplied 40.4 cubic metres of water per capita from the public water supply. As regards the share of wastewater treated before discharge from the sewage system, with 63% the region was penultimate.