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Russia’s population declined for the first time in 10 years

Население России сократилось впервые за 10 летThe number of inhabitants decreased for the first time since 2008.

The population of Russia for 2018 has decreased by 86.7 thousand people. About this report the preliminary data of Rosstat.

Earlier demographers have noticed that migration gain does not compensate the natural population decline.

According to Rosstat, on January 1, 2019, the population of Russia was 146 million 793,7 thousand people, which is 86,7 thousand persons less, than on January 1 last year.

Last time, Russia’s population declined in 2008, and then grew.

The reduction affected primarily rural areas. The urban population on 1 January 2019 amounted to 109 million 451,3 thousand people (109 million 326,90 thousand people on January 1, 2018) and the rural 37 million 342,4 million people (37 million 553,5 thousand people on January 1, 2018). While in Moscow the permanent population in comparison with the previous year increased by 123.8 thousand employees and on 1 January 2019 to 12 million 630,3 million people.

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