In terms of the area, the Zasavska statistical region is the smallest in Slovenia. It is more than five times smaller than Jugovzhodna Slovenia, the largest one. The Zasavska statistical region had 3% of Slovenia’s population in 2019. With a population density of 118 inhabitants per square kilometre, Zasavska was the third most densely populated region. The share of foreign citizens among the population was among the lowest (5.1%). The educational structure of the population was less favourable. Namely, 26% of the population had only basic education or less. For 2019, the at-risk-of-poverty rate in the Zasavska region was the highest at 16.8%. This means that about 9,000 people in the region lived on incomes below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold. The severe material deprivation rate was the second highest here (5.8%). It was higher only in Koroška, by 0.1 of a percentage point. The share of the population living in overcrowded dwellings was the second highest in this region (16.0%). Housing costs (including possible rent or mortgage repayments) were a heavy burden in 2019 for 40% of households in the region. Compared to other regions, this was the highest share. Nevertheless, people living in Zasavska assessed their satisfaction with their lives with the score of 7.6 out of 10.
The employment rate in Zasavska in 2019 was slightly lower than the national average; it was 65.5%. The difference between the employment rate for men and women was the lowest among the regions at 6 percentage points. The employment rate was 68.5% for men and 62.4% for women. The share of people who worked outside the region of residence was the highest in this region (52.5%); the vast majority of these persons worked in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region. Average net earnings in Zasavska in 2019 amounted to EUR 1,033, which was about EUR 100 less than the national average or about EUR 200 less than in Osrednjeslovenska. In the Zasavska statistical region the GDP per capita was the lowest in the country (EUR 12,287). The region had more than 3,900 enterprises. The number of passenger cars per 1,000 population was also the lowest (524), while their average age was 10 years.