You’re not imagining it – Malta really is busier and more crowded than ever.
The population has soared to a record high in the past decade, according to new figures published by the National Statistics Office.
They show St Paul’s Bay is officially the largest town in the Maltese Islands with a population of almost 30,000.
The seaside resort, which also includes Qawra and Bugibba, saw its numbers increase by a staggering 56 per cent over the last decade.
Just 10 years ago, it had 18,650 residents.
Msida has also seen a population boom with a rise of 58 per cent in a decade.
Swieqi was not far behind, registering a jump of 56 per cent since 2009.
Birkirkara is now Malta’s second largest town, behind St Paul’s Bay.
It saw its population increase by 11 per cent in the last decade, reaching 24,356 residents this year.
Sliema has the third-highest population, with 22,591 residents, an increase of almost 41 per cent.
As a whole, the official population of Malta and Gozo jumped almost half a million, up from 437,203 in 2009.
That’s the largest increase in the EU.
However, some areas saw a population decrease, including Valletta, Mdina, Qormi, Senglea, Vittoriosa and Zejtun.
Gozo’s population fell by 11 per cent in a decade.
Malta’s top five biggest towns:
- St Paul’s Bay – 29,097 residents
- Birkirkara – 24,356 residents
- Sliema – 22,591 residents
- Mosta – 20,988 residents
- Qormi – 16,801 residents