With a surface area of just over 1,000 square kilometres, the Koroška statistical region is the third smallest region by area. It is also the third smallest region in terms of population. In 2021, a little less than 71,000 people lived here, which is 3.4% of total Slovenia's population. With 68 people per square kilometre, this region was one of the least densely populated regions in the country. The share of foreign nationals was 5.5%, the second lowest among regions. It was lower only in Pomurska, namely 2.5%. 70% of children born in the region in 2021 were born to unmarried mothers, which was the highest share. The share of population over 14 years old with tertiary education was here one of the lowest (20.3%). The number of students per 1,000 population (35) was slightly lower than the national average. In the region there were eight graduates per 1,000 population.
In 2021, inhabitants of this region assessed general satisfaction with their life with the average score, i.e. 7.7 (out of 10), which is the same as the national average. 16.2% of people lived with incomes below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold, which is the second highest share at regional level. However, this region had the lowest share of people living in dwellings with too few rooms for the number of household members: 4.6%, 6.3 percentage points lower than the national average. As many as 82% of households considered their dwelling to be in good condition (i.e. they had no problems with leaking roofs, damp walls or foundations, or rot in window frames or floors).
Average monthly net earnings in 2021 in this region amounted to EUR 1,205, which was 5% less than the national average. In the Koroška statistical region, 2.6% of the national GDP was generated in 2021. GDP per capita was the fourth lowest in the country (EUR 19,176). The passenger cars were here among the youngest in Slovenia (10.2 years). In the region the least municipal waste per capita was generated, 397 kilograms, 23% less than the national average. It was the only region in 2021 with a value for this indicator below 400 kg per capita. Households in the region were supplied the smallest amount of water per capita from the public water supply (31.5 cubic metres). The share of wastewater treated before discharge from the sewage system (74.9%) was one of the lowest.