Murcia is located in the southeast region of Spain, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. With more than 439.000 inhabitants, it is the seventh most populated city in Spain. The city is lively, dynamic and modern, and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The pleasant climate and plentiful plazas and terraced cafes create a friendly atmosphere and vibrant street life.

Murcia boasts lovely architecture and an array of impressive monuments and historic buildings, such as the Santa Clara monastery, the Almudi Palace and the Monteagudo Castle. Like the rest of Spain, Murcia enjoys many festivals throughout the year, and is especially famous for its Holy Week procession.

The population is mostly Spanish, but Murcia is also home to large populations of immigrants from north and sub-Saharan Africa, various eastern European countries, and various South American countries (primarily Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador).

Did you know?

  • More baby boys are born in Murcia than girls: 51% compared to 49%.
  • About 2300 women give birth for the first time in Murcia each year.
  • The average number of children per family is 1.53.
  • The most popular boy name in Murcia is Alejandro.
  • The most popular name for girls is Maria.

There are about 4900 live births in Murcia each year, with an average age for childbirth of 31.9 years. The birth rate is relatively high for Europe - 11 births per 1,000 inhabitants – and about 1500 births per year take place in vulnerable populations. One of Murcia’s main concerns for the health of its children is related to overweight and obesity rates, which are also relatively high.

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