What’s going on with Spain’s rural population?
After months of delays, the first official figures from Spain’s government on population will be released in mid-March, according to Spanish media reports.
The National Statistics Institute said in a statement on Thursday that it would release the figures, which will include official data for the country’s 11 million rural residents, on March 21, according the Spanish daily El Pais.
The figures are expected to be a blow to Spain’s image as one of Europe’s most successful economies.
The country has a population of 1.3 billion, according census data, and the government has long touted its success in making rural areas more attractive to people from rural areas, who are often reluctant to relocate to urban areas, and often rely on public transport to get around.
However, the government’s new figures show that Spain’s population has dropped in recent years, with a decline of around 60 percent between 2001 and 2015.
The fall in the population is largely due to a drop in migration, but there are also signs that many rural Spaniards have been displaced by urbanization, which has led to a growing number of people living alone in urban areas.
Spain’s rural populations fell from around 10 percent of the population in 2001 to just under 8 percent in 2015.
Rural population growth was much slower in Europe, with growth rates for the UK and France all falling from around 12 percent to just over 6 percent in the last five years.
In the US, the country has one of the fastest growing rural populations in the world, and according to the Pew Research Center, the number of rural residents has been growing at an average annual rate of about 5.5 percent over the last decade.