According to the latest official data released by the Spanish national statistics institute, Torrevieja ended 2014 with 91,415 residents.
It was in June of last year that that we first reported the threat to the population statistics of Torrevieja, after the INE carried out a cleanup and audit of the figures which were believed to not correctly reflect the current number of residents in local government areas, in an attempt to correct the amount of subsidy received by both central and regional governments.
At the time, Orihuela government acknowledged that they had lost around 8,000 residents as a result of an audit by the INE, but Torrevieja chose not to make the findings of their audit public at the time, despite speculation that they looked set to lose some 15,000 residents from the 1st of January 2015, the equivalent of 14% of the population, dropping from 105,000 to 91,400 registered residents.
Torrevieja started 2014 with a registered population of 105,205 people, but the figures released by the INE now show the official reduction, which means that Torrevieja not only loses its “big city” status, now being below the 100,000 threshold will result in a considerable drop in the amount of money the town hall receives from both residential taxes and from the national and regional governments. They will also lose 2 councillor posts, dropping from 27 elected positions to 25.
Torrevieja still maintains its third place position in terms of population size however, behind Elche with 228,647 and Alicante with 332,067 residents.
Orihuela, which is in fourth place in terms of population size, closed 2014 with 83,417 registered residents, recovering most of those lost in their recent audit cull, now a little below the 91,260 residents at the start of last year.
Benidorm is the fifth placed municipality in population terms, although it too has dropped to 69,010 residents from the 73,768 at the start of the year, and across the province of Alicante, there are now a total registered population of 1,868,438 residents.
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