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Number of municipalities and population. Counties and Aran

Number of municipalities and population. Counties and Aran 2022
County County capital Provinces the municipalities belong to Number of municipalities Population
Alt Camp Valls Tarragona 23 45540
Alt Empordà Figueres Girona 68 144926
Alt Penedès Vilafranca del Penedès Barcelona 27 110929
Alt Urgell Seu d'Urgell, la Lleida 19 20482
Alta Ribagorça Pont de Suert, el Lleida 3 3958
Anoia Igualada Barcelona 33 125065
Aran Vielha e Mijaran Lleida 9 10268
Bages Manresa Barcelona 30 180873
Baix Camp Reus Tarragona 28 197525
Baix Ebre Tortosa Tarragona 14 79636
Baix Empordà Bisbal d'Empordà, la Girona 36 138517
Baix Llobregat St. Feliu de Llobregat Barcelona 30 833540
Baix Penedès Vendrell, el Tarragona 14 112460
Barcelonès Barcelona Barcelona 5 2280042
Berguedà Berga Barcelona/Lleida (1) 31 40279
Cerdanya Puigcerdà Girona/Lleida (2) 17 19443
Conca de Barberà Montblanc Tarragona 22 20176
Garraf Vilanova i la Geltrú Barcelona 6 156794
Garrigues Borges Blanques, les Lleida 24 19011
Garrotxa Olot Girona 21 59750
Gironès Girona Girona 27 198582
Maresme Mataró Barcelona 30 462213
Moianès Moià Barcelona 10 14428
Montsià Amposta Tarragona 12 68744
Noguera Balaguer Lleida 30 39297
Osona Vic Barcelona/Girona (3) 50 165229
Pallars Jussà Tremp Lleida 14 13199
Pallars Sobirà Sort Lleida 15 7181
Pla d'Urgell Mollerussa Lleida 16 37045
Pla de l'Estany Banyoles Girona 11 32941
Priorat Falset Taragona 23 9238
Ribera d'Ebre Móra d'Ebre Tarragona 14 21920
Ripollès Ripoll Girona 19 25510
Segarra Cervera Lleida 21 23601
Segrià Lleida Lleida 38 212388
Selva Sta. Coloma de Farners Girona/Barcelona (4) 26 177542
Solsonès Solsona Lleida 15 13632
Tarragonès Tarragona Tarragona 22 263428
Terra Alta Gandesa Tarragona 12 11408
Urgell Tàrrega Lleida 20 37447
Vallès Occidental Sabadell i Terrassa Barcelona 23 940881
Vallès Oriental Granollers Barcelona 39 417543
Catalonia 947 7792611
Source: Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya; Idescat. Municipal population register.
- (1) Includes municipality of Gósol.
- (2) Includes municipalities of Bellver de Cerdanya, Lles de Cerdanya, Montellà i Martinet, Prats i Sansor, Prullans and Riu de Cerdanya.
- (3) Includes municipalities of Viladrau, Espinelves and Vidrà.
- (4) Includes municipality of Fogars de la Selva.

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Territorial area
Group of simple counties established by law, the aim of which is the development of sectorial territorial plans and the possible decentralisation of the Generalitat's services derived from the development of these plans. Law 23/2010, of July 22, on the creation of the area of Penedès, modifies the previous laws (Law 1/19965, of March 16; Law 24/2001, of December 31) and divides Catalonia into eight territorial planning regions.
Local territorial entity, institutionalised by Law 6/1987, of April 4, in the county organisation of Catalonia. It is made up of a group of contiguous municipalities that have their own autonomy and legal personality. The Statute attributes them the character of being necessary parts of the territorial organisation of Catalonia, along with municipalities. The county organisation applies throughout the territory of Catalonia, and no municipality can be excluded nor may form part of more than one county. The territory of the county is the area over which the county council exercises its responsibilities and is defined by the boundaries of the group of municipal regions of the municipalities that it consists of.
Administrative constituency of a territorial nature, governed by a council, considered the basic unit of territorial organisation and primary element of citizen participation in public affairs, as established by Law 8/1987, of April 15 on municipalities and the local regime for Catalonia. A municipality enjoys its own autonomy, is of a legal character and has full capacity to exercise the public functions bestowed upon it, in order to represent the interests of its respective collective and to manage the public services that it assumed ownership of. The government and administration of the municipality correspond to the municipal council.
All inhabitants of a given place. Since 1996, when the continuous management system was established for the Municipal Population Register, in accordance with Royal Decree 2612/1996, of December 20, official population figures for municipalities have been obtained annually using data referred to January 1 of each year.
Local territorial entity formed by a contiguous group of municipalities, of a legal nature and with full capacity to accomplish its aims, in accordance with Law 7/1985, which regulates the standards for the local regime. These aims are: to coordinate municipal services is order to guarantee the integral and adequate provision of these services throughout the territory of the province; to facilitate legal, judicial, economic and specialist assistance and cooperation with the municipalities; to provide supra-county level public services and to foster and administrate the particular interests of the province. Government and administration of Catalan provinces corresponds to the respective provincial councils, or deputations.

Methodological aspects

The new county of El Moianès was created on 1 May 2015 (Law 4/2015, of 23 April, on the creation of the county of El Moianès) from the aggregation of five municipalities of the county of El Bages, one from the county of Osona and four from the county of El Vallès Oriental.

Current Territorial Distribution

At present, Catalonia is divided into 41 counties, 1 singular territorial entity (Aran) and 8 areas of the Territorial Plan, according to the latest territorial changes, which affect the areas of El Penedès and the Central Counties, Aran and El Moianès.

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".