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Seasonal Population Estimates. 2018

The seasonal population fell in 2018 in all counties, except L'Anoia, El Bages and El Moianès, with respect to the previous year. El Tarragonès was the county with the highest seasonal population in absolute terms with 44,531 annual full-time equivalent population (AFTE), followed by El Baix Empordà (31,262) and El Barcelonès (29,910). At the other extreme, among the counties with a negative seasonal population, El Baix Llobregat (−35,166), El Vallès Occidental (−22,340) and El Vallès Oriental (−14,837) stood out particularly.

In relative terms, El Pallars Sobirà, with 2,193 people AFTE, was the county with the greatest proportion of seasonal population, 31.6%, with regard to its resident population. It is followed by Aran (24.9%), L'Alta Ribagorça (24.5%) and El Baix Empordà (23.4%).

Of the 221 municipalities which provided results for 2018, 88 of them registered a positive seasonal population. In absolute terms, Barcelona was the Catalan municipality with the highest seasonal population (81,771 people AFTE), followed by Salou (24,296), Lloret de Mar (15,795), Cerdanyola del Vallès (12,365) and Tarragona (10,150). At the other extreme were L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (−8,185), Badalona (−16,738) and Santa Coloma de Gramenet (−13,822).

In relative terms, Santa Susanna stands out because its seasonal population is estimated to be 168.9% of its registered population. This is followed by Pals, Salou, Tossa de Mar, Castell-Platja d'Aro and Torroella de Montgrí, whose increases above their resident population range from 108.8% to 51.1%.

The quarterly analysis indicates that the highest values for seasonal population, in relative terms, were recorded in the third quarter of the year and in coastal municipalities. In the summer, Santa Susanna and Pals quadrupled their respective populations, while Tossa de Mar and Salou tripled theirs.