While the figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INE) last week show a modest increase in the inhabitants of Marbella in the year up to 1 January 2017 (428), more recent statistics from the town hall's 'padrón' department show that the population grew by 6,000 during 2017 to 147,248. Of those 6,000 new names, nearly 5,000 are not Spanish.
The number of foreign residents on the local census went up from 32,810 to 37,710 between 1 January 2017 and the same date in 2018, meaning that a quarter of the local registered population is now foreign. The real figure is expected to be higher however, as not all residents join the census.
Of the total registered foreigners, four nationalities make up nearly half: British, Russian, Moroccan and Ukrainian.