POPULATION numbers are on the up in Alicante, notably along the coast.
The province’s coastal municipalities have all registered increases in resident numbers over the last 12 months, according to figures from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics.
Denia for example now has 42,166 on the municipal ‘padron’, compared with 41,733 at the beginning of January 2019. Alicante city has gone from 331,577 to 334,877.
The average population rise for the whole of Alicante province in 2019 was 1.08 per cent.
Just short of 74 per cent of the 141 Alicante municipalities gained residents. The 30 or so which saw resident numbers fall are all in inland areas.
Lliber lost a significant chunk of residents, 100, putting the number of inhabitants at less than 1,000.
Elsewhere the resident drops seemed fairly insignificant. Benifallim has three residents less than at the beginning of 2019, but the total population is now just 105.
Taking the 33 municipalities of the Marina Alta region as a whole, the number of inhabitants registered at their local town halls has exceeded 175,000 for the first time in five years. This compares with 175,156 a year ago and 169,327 at the beginning of 2017.
Seven years ago however the Marina Alta’s registered population stood at nearly 202,000.