Bulgaria's Population Down By 39,000 People in a Year

Bulgaria's Population Down By 39,000 People in a Year

The population of Bulgaria is down to 7,640,240 people as of end of 2007, according to preliminary data released by the National Statistics Institute (NSI). Due to demographic factors and migration, the population has decreased by 0.5% (39,000 people) in a year.

Women are more than men (51.6%). At the end of 2007 there were 1,000 men to 1,065 women.

5.403 million people (70.7%) live in cities and 2.237 million (29.3%) in villages.

The average age of Bulgarians is continuing to go up – in 2006 it was 41.1 years, versus 39.9 years back in 2000.

Last year the average age of Bulgarians was 41.5 years. The aging tendency is obvious in both cities and villages, although it continues to be stronger in rural areas, where the average age is 45.4 years, against 39.9 years in urban areas. The aging process has had a negative impact on the number of people in employment age.

At the end of 2007 the active population numbered some 4.817 million people (63%), which is by 3,000 less than in 2006.

1.717 people are in retirement age, which is down by 22,000 people compared with 2006. The decrease is attributed to both the mortality rate and the changes in legislation which lifted the retirement age for women.

1.106 million Bulgarians are under 18. There has been a strong decreasing tendency in this group in the past few years. The numbers dropped by 23,000 people in 2006 (versus 2005) and by 14,000 last year (versus 2006).

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