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Population and municipalities. By population brackets Catalonia. 2011
Inhabitants Number of municipalities
2011 % 2011 %
Fins a 500 82,343 1.1 328 34.6
De 501 a 2.000 268,313 3.6 267 28.2
De 2.001 a 5.000 432,983 5.8 142 15.0
De 5.001 a 10.000 621,042 8.3 89 9.4
De 10.001 a 50.000 2,060,824 27.4 98 10.3
Més de 50.000 4,054,338 53.9 23 2.4
Total 7,519,843 100.0 947 100.0
Source: Idescat. Population census.

Last update: December 14, 2012.


These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Population and Housing Census (CENSPH).

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

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.

Methodological aspects

The Population and Housing Census is a statistical operation produced decennially that provides a headcount of the resident population within the territory of a country and its geographical distribution. It also provides information on the main demographic and social characteristics of the population, households and families, and the population residing in group establishments.

The last Census was in 2011, and the reference date is November 1, 2011. The Population and Housing Censuses 2011 are a state-wide statistical operation conducted by the INE and that is being undertaken for the first time by European mandate. The reference date is November 1, 2011. The census model observed by the INE in producing that census consists of an operation that combines exploitation of the administrative records with a sample-based survey and a count of buildings. The availability of the Municipal population register as a consolidated population register made it possible to complete a census of such a nature.

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 "..".