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Lanzarote Statistics and Demographics 2019

Would you like to know more about current property market conditions and trends in Lanzarote? We've put together some useful information for prospective buyers to help them in their property search. Most of this data comes from the Spanish Institute of National Statistics (INE), as well as Canarian based statistics agencies such as ISTAC (Instituto Canario de Estadísticas) and the Centro de Datos on Lanzarote.

If there's anything else you'd like to know and can't find the answers below, please feel free to contact us direct.


Population and Demographics

Lanzarote's current official population at year end 2018 stands at 149,183 residents, an increase of 1.47% compared with 2017 figures.

These figures indicate that the population of the island is still climbing, with small incremental increases each year since 2015, after several years of relatively stable figures in the aftermath of the crisis in 2008. With the total island population now higher than it has ever previously been, at just under 150,000 residents.


Population by Municipality

MunicipalityPopulation
Arrecife61,351
Haria4,969
San Bartolomé18,327
Teguise22,122
Tias20,006
Tinajo6,119
Yaiza16,289
Total149,183

Population by Nationality (figures only available for 2017)

NationalityPopulation
Spanish115,112
Britons5,880
Morrocans3,739
Italians3,443
Germans2,538
Colombians2,463
 

The proportion of residents of Spanish nationality has risen to 77% of the total population, from 72% in 2016.

And while British residents remain the second largest group, their numbers have dropped since 2016 by 25% and have been declining since 2011, when they peaked at just over 8,000 residents.

Suggesting that the rise in overall resident numbers has been chiefly driven by an increasingly diverse mixture of nationalities that includes over 5,000 immigrants from Latin America, with roughly the same number of residents from North African countries, such as Mauritania and Morocco.


House Prices

So how much does cost to buy a property on the island? And are there still bargains to be had?

The housing market on Lanzarote is extremely diverse, with stock ranging from studio apartments in the main tourist resorts to huge country houses set in large plots of land. This diversity means that it is difficult to generalise about prices, although the last few years have seen steadily increasing prices, often at the lower end of the market, as investors have been keen to get a foothold in the holiday rental sector.

During 2018 the prices per square metre of properties in the province of Las Palmas have been steadily creeping upwards, although by no means as high as during the peak years of 2007-2009.


YearPrice Per Square Metre (€)
2018 (Q3)1572.20
2018 (Q2)1556.60
2018 (Q1)1542.10
2017 (Q4)1428.10
2017 (Q3)1419.60
2017 (Q2)1403.10
2017 (Q1)1386.70
2016 (Q4)1374.10
2016 (Q3)1430.60
2016 (Q2)1421.60
2016 (Q1)1403.10
2015 (Q4)1369.90
2015 (Q3)1364.00
2015 (Q2)1357.00
2015 (Q1)966.20
2014 (Q4)1340.80
2014 (Q3)994.20
2014 (Q2)1310.00
2014 (Q1)1321.00
2013 (Q4)1273.40
2013 (Q3)1320.70
2013 (Q2)1218.00
2013 (Q1)1234.10
20121340.10
20111496.70
20101617.10
20091727.30
20081862.60
20071846.10
20061734.40
20051587.90
20041443.80
20031342.80
20021236.90
20011141.80

Tourist Visitor Numbers

The total of tourist visitor numbers to Lanzarote during 2018 fell back slightly from the highest figures recorded in 2017, by -2.6%. The increases in recent years were attributable in part to the perceived insecurity of North African destinations, such as Egypt and Tunisia in the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011. But were probably also the result of increased budget flights, linking up the island with previously unconnected destinations in Europe.


Foreign Tourist Arrivals

20183,063,108
20173,146,117
20162,632,657
20152,193,273
20142,094,083
20131,870,159
20121,716,694
20111,708,490
20101,482,045
20091,367,499
20081,587,237
20071,618,215
20061,682,596
20051,688,223
20041,774,714
20031,853,067
20021,781,388
20011,791,741
20001,761,966
19991,720,842
19981,662,587
19971,464,570
19961,318,195

Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2018 by Nationality

CountryArrivals
UK1,401,146
Germany421,265
Ireland291,428
Spain273,144
France149,500
Holland116,142
Nordic Countries111,282
Italy75,052
Belgium56,189
Other nationalities167,960

British tourist numbers remained fairly constant at around 45% of the total number of visitors, even though there was a slight decrease in actual visitor numbers from the UK between 2017 and 2018. German visitors also declined slightly, but Irish holidaymakers went up by around 30,000 at the same time. With increases also noted in the Spanish holiday market and amongst French and Belgian visitors.