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City news, 13.05.2003 17:16

According to the census, 4.7 million people live in St. Petersburg

According to the census, 4.7 million people live in St. Petersburg According to the preliminary results of 2002 census, 4.7 million people live in St. Petersburg.

Chairman of the State Committee for Statistics of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Sokolin, told about it at a press conference. According to Rosbalt News Agency, he said that, judging by the results of the census, the population of the Northern Capital had decreased by 6.4% since the previous census held in 1989. According to Mr. Sokolin, this is the result of “natural decrease”: death rate is higher than birth rate. He also mentioned another cause of the population decrease is smaller than in other big cities migration flow. “Preliminary results of the census show that, among 13 Russian cities with the population of more than a million, the growth of population can be seen only in Moscow, Volgograd, Kazan and Rostov-on-Don”, - said the Chairman of the State Committee for Statistics. Mr. Sokolin said that, due to “natural decrease”, the population of Russia since 1989 had decreased by 1.8 million people.

News source: www.300online.ru

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