Turkey’s population exceeds 83 million

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Turkey’s population reached 83.15 million as of end of 2019, with a 1.39 percent rise year-on-year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said on Jan. 4.

The official data based on the residence-based registration system showed that the population residing in Turkey soared 1.15 million people in a year.

“Male population was 41,721,136 people and female population was 41,433,861 people,” the institute said.

Men’s share of the total population was 50.2 percent, while women made up 49.8 percent, according to TÜİK.

The annual population growth rate was 1.47 percent in 2018, 1.24 in 2017 and 1.35 in 2016.

“The proportion of the working age population aged 15-64 increased from 66.5 percent in 2007 to 67.8 percent in 2019,” it said.

“Accordingly, the proportion of child population aged 0-14 decreased from 26.4 percent to 23.1 percent and proportion of population aged 65 and over increased from 7.1 percent to 9.1 percent.”

The median age of the country’s population was 32.4 as of the end of 2019, up from 32 in 2018.

TÜİK describes the median age as the age of the person in the middle of the ages of all the people in the population, from newborns to the oldest elderly person.

Istanbul becomes more populous

Some 92.8 percent of Turkey’s population are living in cities and district centers – up 0.5 percentage points annually – versus 7.2 percent in towns and villages.

Turkey’s population density – the number of people per square kilometer – surged 2 people on a yearly basis to reach 107 last year.

The population of Istanbul, the most crowded city, rose 451,543 people to reach over 15.5 million people as of the end of 2019. The city makes up 18.66 percent of Turkey’s total population.

“Number of people per square kilometer was 108 for Turkey and 2,987 for Istanbul,” the institute said.
The world-famous metropolis was followed by the capital Ankara with 5.64 million inhabitants and the Aegean province of İzmir with 4.37 million people.

Bursa, a key industrial province, was Turkey’s fourth-biggest city by population with 3.05 million inhabitants, and the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya came fifth with 2.5 million.

Hurriyet Daily News

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