Population of Ibiza

Demographic development

In the early days of Ibiza, the island was only inhabited by a few thousand people.
The first reliable records are from 1842, in which 19,447 inhabitants were counted.
In the following years and decades, Ibiza grew slowly, which is certainly due to the poor conditions of the Ibizencos during this time.
In 1920, almost 80 years after the first census in 1842, the population was 26,592 - a very small increase compared to other places in Europe at the same time.
From 1920 to 1940, however, the dynamic increased significantly to 35,441 islanders.
This was followed by twenty years of stagnation (34,339 in 1960), but progress was rapid from then on.
In 1981 there were 59,933 permanent residents on the island and twenty years later more than 88,000.
A real population explosion took place from 2001 to 2011 and the island's residents increased by around 53% (!!!) to 134,460 in these 10 years.
Today (as of 2019) 147,914 people live permanently in Ibiza, although the real number should be significantly higher, since not all islanders officially register their residence in Ibiza.
The effects on the real estate market are corresponding: real estate, regardless of whether it is a villa, finca or high-quality apartment, has continuously increased in value.

Demographic structure

Ibiza comprises the following five municipalities:
Ibiza, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Sant Joan de Labritja, Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Santa Eularia des Riu

The three largest municipalities of Ibiza are the capital Ibiza as well as the towns of Santa Eularia des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany. These three towns also have ports for ferry services and marinas, yacht clubs and fishermen.

Well over 60% of the island's population live in Ibiza Town and Santa Eulalia. These two places are the social and cultural centers of the island, which is why many property owners prefer the proximity to these cities. On the one hand, villa owners often value the proximity to an attractive marina, on the other hand, Ibiza Town and Santa Eulalia are also the gastronomic centers of the island, which is also of great importance for property owners.

The population mix in Ibiza is as colorful as the visually visible culture of the island. In addition to the long-established families of the Ibizencos, who are often quite influential, there are thousands of Spaniards, many Germans, English, French, Italians and many other nationalities on the island, as well as Americans, Australians and New Zealanders. This "melting pot" is a major attraction of the island of Ibiza.

The variety of property owners is correspondingly colorful, although there are different preferences when choosing the property:
French people often prefer a finca in a quiet location, while Italian property buyers often want to be close to Ibiza Town and a quiet location is often not the top priority.
These tendencies are not so clearly discernible among British, German and Spanish property enthusiasts. Sometimes you are looking for a villa close to the entertainment hotspots and just as often a finca far out in a quiet environment.