The population of Malta and Gozo in 2017 peaked at 475,701, official statistics published on Thursday confirm, with those aged between 30 and 39 accounting for the greatest share.

The figures emerged from the publication of Regional Statistics Malta 2019 Edition, released by the National Statistics Office annually.

According to the data, the highest increases in population occurred in the elderly population, while the number of those aged between 10 and 19 years of age registered the largest decrease, both in in Malta and in Gozo.

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Last year, Eurostat said that the rate of Malta’s population increase was 15 times more than that of the EU.

The NSO data also shows that the most common type of households in Malta was the two-person household, while in Gozo, houses with one person were the most common.

On income, the NSO data shows that the average household disposable income was highest in the Western district, at €32,754 and lowest in the Gozo and Comino district, at €22,867.

Expenditure per capita on so-called “selected benefits” was highest in Mdina, Floriana, Santa Luċija and Vittoriosa. In these localities, the expenditure per capita exceeded €2,000 in each.

Meanwhile, in Mellieħa, Munxar, Marsascala, St. Paul’s Bay, Pembroke, Swieqi and Mtarfa, such expenditure per capita was less than €900.

On the economy, the NSO figures show that in 2017, the gross value added at basic price increase by 9% in Malta and 10.9% in Gozo when compared to the previous year. 

Almost all industries in the Malta region registered increases, the NSO found, except for the industries of agriculture, forestry and fishing and real estate activities. In Gozo, almost all industries in registered increases with the exception of the industries of agriculture, forestry and fishing.

The largest increases, both in Malta and Gozo, were recorded in the industry involving professional, scientific and technical activities and administrative and support service activities. 

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