The Obalno-kraška statistical region, which covers 1,043 square kilometres, is among the smallest regions in Slovenia in terms of area. In 2019, 6% of the population of Slovenia lived here. A similar percentage was recorded in Goriška and Pomurska. Obalno-kraška and Zasavska recorded the lowest number of live births per 1,000 population (8.0). The region recorded a natural decrease (–1.4) and the total net migration was positive. At 9.0, it was among the highest at the regional level. The average age of the population was 44.7 years, the third highest among regions. The mean age of first-time mothers was the highest in this region, namely 30.5 years, which was 0.9 years more than the national average. The Obalno-kraška region stood out for the highest share of foreign citizens among the population (11.9%) and for the highest number of immigrants from abroad per 1,000 population (19). In terms of the share of the population (25–64 years) with tertiary education (24.3%), this region was third in 2019. The number of upper secondary school pupils per 1,000 population (30) and the number of students per 1,000 population (28) were the lowest here.
In 2019, the employment rate in Obalno-kraška was 66.9% and it was 0.9 percentage points higher than the national average. Average monthly net earnings in the region (EUR 1,114) were about EUR 20 below the national average. GDP per capita was the third highest in the country (EUR 22,894) behind the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region and Jugovzhodna Slovenija. The region had 14,556 enterprises; on average, each employed 3.2 people, which was the lowest number in the country. According to the number of passenger cars per 1,000 population (589), the region ranked third. On average a passenger car in this region was 10.6 years old, which is more than the national average. In the region the highest amount of municipal waste per capita was generated, namely 588 kilograms or 79 kilograms per capita more than on average in Slovenia. 62% of municipal waste was collected separately, which was the lowest share among regions.