The last decade shows a positive balance in the population growth of the province, especially in Costa del Sol and the metropolitan area of Malaga.
Official data show that the coastal municipalities have gained in the last ten years more than a quarter of a million new inhabitants.
These figures have been buoyed by positive economic growth in Malaga during the last decade until the arrival of recession. There were many jobs available, especially in services and construction, which attracted thousands of people, nationals and immigrants in search of better employment and better quality of life.
Examples are seaside resorts such as Benalmadena, Malaga, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola, Torremolinos or Velez.
The other side of the coin represent the villages which continue to lose population and due to the lack of infrastructure and poor communications are far away from growth. These villages are essentially all of the interior and the Serrania de Ronda; although it’s precisely these charming villages where we can find the most traditional Andalucia, which has nearly disappeared completely along the municipalities along the coast.