The demographic structure in Skåne varies. The average age is lowest in Lund, Malmö and Kristianstad surrounding urban areas. Generally, the smaller rural areas throughout western Skåne has a low average age, while the average age is highest in the Southeast Skåne and Bastad. The pattern accords great when you see the proportion of people than is 64 years and older, where Lund, Malmö, Helsingborg Kristianstad with surrounding smaller resorts have a low proportion of older people. However, the larger cities has a very low percentage of children under 18 years. families with children tend to move to the smaller towns close to the major cities.
Between 2001-2012 Skåne's GRP grew by 20 percent, Stockholm by 37 percent, while the Danish part of the Öresund region only grew by 12 percent. This can partly be explained by the production has developed stronger in Sweden than in Denmark. Productivity, or how efficiently we use resources to produce goods and services, is crucial for economic development and prosperity. Despite favorable conditions, Skåne has not kept pace with Sweden as a whole and the other metropolitan regions in recent decades.
Malmo, Lund, Helsingborg and Kristianstad are the towns which employs most of Skåne. These towns also have a relatively strong growth in the number of jobs. The strongest percentage growth has occurred in the smaller towns. A large part of Skåne's jobs are in the south west, over half of the region's jobs are located here.