Torrevieja can be said to be truly international because out of the 107,492 registered inhabitants, 53,13% are foreigners. The leading group are from the UK with 12,759 residents. However, the Russians are fast catching up. In 2005 there were 3,72 Russians in the city, now there are 4,925 an increase of almost 1,000 in the last two years. The third group are the Germans but their numbers have declined by 200 in the last year down to 3,906. British numbers are also in decline – 467 in the last year.
To highlight the growth of Torrevieja though we need to look at the figures from the past. In the 1980s the population was 13,000, By 1990 that number had risen to 23,000 and at the millennium it had exceeded 50,000. In the last 14 years, that total has more than doubled.
In years to come, we may see more and more signs in Russian about the city along with bars and cafes to cater for them.