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Lanzarote Statistics and Demographics 2016/2017

Want to find out more about current property market conditions and trends in Lanzarote? We've compiled lots of useful information in order to assist buyers with their Lanzarote property search. Much of this information has been sourced from Spain's Instituto Nacional de Estadística, along with other authority sources such as Frontur and ISTAC (the Canary Island Institute of Statistics).

If you have any further questions and can't find the answers below please feel welcome to contact us direct.


Population and Demographics

Lanzarote's current official population at year end 2016 stands at 145,084 residents, an increase of 1.3% versus 2015 figures.

The island's population has expanded very rapidly over the last 30 years. Nearly doubling since 1996, when the island was home to just 77,379 official residents.

Until the onset of the crisis and recession in 2007/8 the population was expanding year on year. However that growth has stagnated since 2008 and as a result total population figures have remained largely static over the last four years, even declining slightly since 2011.


Population by Municipality

MunicipalityPopulation
Arrecife58,537
Haria4,767
San Bartolomé18,151
Teguise21,724
Tias20,037
Tinajo5,924
Yaiza15,944
Total145,084

Population by Nationality

Nationality (Top 5)Population
Spain103,693
UK7,918
Germany4,273
Morroco4,177
Colombia4,141
Italy2,217
 

Lanzarote is a surprisingly cosmopolitan and multi-cultural island. As nearly 30% of all official residents are of non-Spanish nationality. There is no figure available for the number of residents born solely within the Canary Islands.

The Spanish are, unsurprisingly, the largest demographic group by nationality on the island, accounting for 103,693 official residents - about 72% of the total population.

The British are the second largest group - almost double the size of the next largest grouping, Germany. Reflecting the scale and importance of the UK tourist market, which is Lanzarote's largest by some distance.


House Prices

How much does it cost to buy a house on Lanzarote? How much have prices fallen by since the recession? And what is the current outlook for property prices on the island?

Garnering 100% accurate information about house prices on Lanzarote is a tricky business, not least as official statistics cover the region of Las Palmas as a whole, which encompasses Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, as well as Lanzarote.

However it is possible to glean overall price trends from this information - which indicates that the cost of properties for sale in the Las Palmas region as a whole and by square metre have been falling year on year since their peak in 2008. Prices fell back slightly in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 1,273.4 per square metre and again sharply in the third quarter of last year, leaving them well below pre-2008 levels.

During the course of 2016 prices have started to rise again, reflecting growing demand as Lanzarote's tourist industry booms.


YearPrice Per Square Metre (€)
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

How buoyant is Lanzarote's tourist market? Which nationalities visit Lanzarote in the largest numbers? Have visitor numbers been falling or rising in recent years?

Lanazarote's tourist industry continued to boom during the course of 2106, driven primarily by a 15% plus expansion within the key UK market. Foreign tourist arrivals have now increased by 75% versus the low point of the recession in 2009.


Foreign Tourist Arrivals

20162,632,657
20152,193,273
20142,094,083
20131,870,059
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

The figures illustrate that foreign tourist arrivals rose steadily throughout the 1990's, reaching a high water mark in 2003. Figures then dropped off during the recession before recovering ground substantially in 2010 and 2011. In part this can also be attributed to the greater availability of low cost flights to the island from 2010 onwards.


Foreign Tourist Arrivals By Nationality 2016

CountryArrivals
UK1,334,470
Germany439,609
Spain283,071
Eire242,521
France158,943
Holland102,843
Italy55,514
Belgium42,685

The UK remains Lanzarote's largest tourist market by some distance, accounting for around 40% of all arrivals. The German market, Lanzarote's second largest, fell back by 5% during the course of 2016. However this was more than compensated for by increased demand and arrivals from other markets such as Eire, France and Italy.