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Almost 1 in 3 People Living in Marbella is Foreign

Almost 1 in 3 (29.5%) people living in Marbella is foreign. This was revealed by the National Statistics Institute (INE) data for Jan’23 which shows that 46,094 of Marbella’s 156,153 inhabitants are foreign.

According to, “Marbella is the fourth municipality in Spain where the number of inhabitants has increased the most in relative terms.”


What I find interesting is that in terms of people on the census, the 4 main nationalities in Marbella are:

πŸ”Έ Brits 5,175
πŸ”Έ Moroccans 4,516
πŸ”Έ Ukrainians 3,823
πŸ”Έ Russians 2,876

Typically, the top 3 foreign buyer nationalities in the province are Brits, Belgians and Swedes, with a recent uptick in Poles. This suggests the Belgians (with just 611) and Swedes (with 1411) presumably use their homes here as second residences (or somehow not registering).

These are some of the other buyer nationalities on the Jan ’23 census in Marbella that caught my eye:

πŸ”Έ Germans 1682
πŸ”Έ French 1210
πŸ”Έ Dutch 871
πŸ”Έ Irish 568
πŸ”Έ USA 456
πŸ”Έ Poles 403
πŸ”Έ Norwegians 274
πŸ”Έ Danes 272
πŸ”Έ Canadians 154

Nationally, just over 6 million of Spain’s population of 48 million are foreign.

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The average person in Marbella is 42 years old (Spanish 41 and foreigners 44)

Stats also show that in Marbella there are 911 people over 90 years of age and eight over 100 years old.


In terms of population, Marbella as a town is the 2nd biggest in Malaga Province (after Malaga City) and the 7th biggest in the region of Andalucia.

What might also surprise some is the top 7 most populated municipalities in the province:
1. Malaga City 587,068
2. Marbella 156,153
3. Mijas 90.763
4. VΓ©lez-MΓ‘laga 86.364
5. Estepona 77.068
6. BenalmΓ‘dena 76.318
7. Torremolinos 70.345

Stats via INE & marbella24horas.e

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