Basta families are mainly Serbs and they are mostly from Obrovac area , whereas often Croats (from Gospic ). In the past century, relatively most of Croatian residents bearing this family name were born in Obrovac area and in Zagreb. In places Srednja Gora and Kurjak in Obrovac area every fourth inhabitant had the family name Basta.
About 280 people with faimily name Basta live in Croatia today, in 150 households. There were 460 of them in the middle of the past century, and their number decreased by 40 percent. They are located in the most of Croatian counties, in 27 cities and 36 other places, mostly in Zagreb (55), Lipovo Polje in Gospic area (15), Gospic (15), Rijeka (15), and in Karlovac (10).
In the sources analysed in the project Acta Croatica so far, the name is mentioned over ten times, the first time 1917 in source List of Dignitaries, Officials and Public Servants of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia.