The final end of year population figures have now been released by the Spanish statistical institute, the Instituto Nacional de Estadística, which confirms Torrevieja´s worst fear of having lost its big city status, whilst also confirming that nearly double the number of former United Kingdom residents now live in Orihuela than Torrevieja.
At the end of 2014, there were officially 91,415 residents registered on the padrón in Torrevieja, of which 46,089 are men and 45,326 are women. The total figure at the end of 2013 was 105,205 residents, which had shown an increase from the 103,720 in 2012.
In the case of Orihuela, the end of 2014 total figure was 83,417, of which 41,747 are men and the remaining 41,670 are women. In 2013, the total figure was 91,260, slightly up from the 90,087 at the end of 2012.
Both municipalities have suffered a decrease as part of the recent clean up of the data carried out by the institution, who feared that many foreign residents had moved back to their home country, without updating their status in Spain. The result of the imbalance of figures is that the central government was giving more money to those municipalities than they were due, on account of the difference.
The problem for Torrevieja is that the municipality now falls below the threshold it had held for some years, and will not only lose funding from government, the per capita amount also decreases. Statistically, both Torrevieja and Orihuela are now on a par, with Torrevieja having to lose council seats to balance out their new found status of equality.
In terms of the population in the Torrevieja, the balance of foreigners has also now decreased, with their now being more Spanish nationals living in the municipality than immigrants. Of the total population, 49,981 are Spanish, whereas 41,434 are foreigners. Those residents from the UK still make up the largest portion, with 7,338 registered residents, with Russia in second place with 4,771. Next in line are the African country groups, with 4,494 residents, followed by the Americas. Rumanians, Bulgarians and Ukrainians are all of similar standing, just ahead of Germany with 1,938 registered residents.
As for Orihuela, there are a total of 52,389 Spaniards and 31,028 registered foreigners, of which 13,991 are from the UK, around double the population of Torrevieja, The African nations and Americas are next in line, with just 1,138 Russians, and a similar number of Rumanians and Bulgarians. The German population is almost equal to Torrevieja, with 1,869 living in Orihuela.
In overall terms of percentages represented, in Torrevieja the population is made up of 73.89% from Europe, 10.85% from Africa, 9.85% from the Americas, and 5.39% from Asia. In Orihuela, the figure is 83.22% European, 7.69% African, 6.56% from the Americas, and 2.53% from Asia.
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