Costa del Sol still the most popular place to live

August 10, 2009 at 16:28 (News) (, , , , , , )

Well I was quite chuffed this weekend when I picked a local paper called the Sur in English. It looks like that the Costa del Sol is still the most popular place to live. Can’t argue with that, heel I just moved here! I was a bit put off when Fuengirola was not put on the list, but someone left a comment saying:
“Not that it affects the real point, but showing the increase in towns on a league table is a little misleading. For example Fuengirola is one of the smallest municipalities and is just about fully built, thus any substantial increase in population would be impossible……….”. Fair point I thought. Especially since Fuengirola covers 10.2km and as 2006 has 62,000 inhabitants. Benalmadena covers 27km and has a population of 50,000 inhabitants. Anyway here the article.s

It has never been a secret that Malaga and the Costa del Sol are the places where half of Europe would like to come and live, but the results of a recent study by the La Caixa banking group, which has produced demographic statistics for the last five years, clearly identifies the growth areas.
The figures, which are based on the numbers officially registered with the authorities, show that between 2003 and 2008 Mijas, Benalmádena and Estepona have seen increases of more than 30 per cent, while Manilva has jumped by 82 per cent and Benahavís by 60 per cent. Inland areas such as Cártama and La Viñuela have also risen steeply.
Other more remote areas, perhaps less attractive to foreign immigrants, have fallen. Teba, Cuevas del Becerro, Alfarnate and Cañete la Real have all lost between two and three per cent of their population.
In the same period the overall population of Spain has risen by just over eight per cent, proving once and for all that Andalucía and in particular the Costa del Sol is the only place to be.

The winners
Manilva:               5,988 more, + 82.4%
Benahavis:          1,443 more, +60.1%
Alcaucín:             870 more, +54.4%
La Viñuela:          615 more, +45.3%
Benalmádena:     15,896 +39.7%
Cártama:               5,053, +38.2%
Mijas:                     18,248, +35%
Estepona:             15,151, +31.8%

The losers
Cuevas del Becerro:     66 residents fewer, – 3.5%
Cañeta la Real:                66 fewer, – 3.2%
Alfarnate:                         39 fewer, – 2.8%
Teba:                                   77 fewer, -1.8%

Article: Sur in English


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