Demographic Issues in RA Provinces: 1st half of 2019

This article is part of a series entitled “Economy and Society in the Provinces of the Republic of Armenia”. Ampop Media studied the socioeconomic data of the first half of 2019 and compared them with the data of the first half of the previous year. Taking into account the abundant amount of data, separate infographics were created for each province, and the analytical part was broken down into 5 socioeconomic sectors.

The innovative approach of the article gives the reader an opportunity to put together the infographics of the two neighboring provinces and compare the data of each province and the two different provinces on their own.

Regarding demographic data, unfortunately, it should be noted that the decline of the Armenian population does not stop. As of July 1, 2019 the population of the Republic of Armenia has decreased by 8,200 or 0.3%. During the same period of the previous year, the population decreased by 10 100 inhabitants. Population declines in all the provinces of Armenia, while population in Yerevan has increased by 0.3%. This implies that the internal movement of the population to the capital continues. According to the official statistics, more than a third of the republic’s population lives in Yerevan, while 63.5% or 1.8 million people live in 10 provinces of Armenia.

The province with the largest population after Yerevan is Armavir – about 264,000 people. However, there has also been a decline of 700 residents in the above-mentioned period of this year. As of July 1, 2019 Aragatsotn and Vayots Dzor provinces had the most declined population compared to July 1, 2018 – by 1.4%. In the first case, 700 residents left the province and in the second case -1400. At the same time, the urban population of Aragatsotn province has declined more than the rural population.

The provinces of Aragatsotn and Vayots Dzor are also demographically distinguished by the fact that the number of men has been reduced by about three times more than the number of women [see infographics related to these provinces]. It is not excluded that this is directly related to the high rates of labor migration in these provinces.

There is a decrease in the number of men in all provinces.

Fertility rates are also not encouraging. 16 111 babies were born in the first half of the year, of which 8 450 were boys. The total fertility rate declined by 0.5%. The largest decrease in fertility rate was recorded in Syunik – 9%. This is the province where the highest average salary was registered – 245 thousand AMD. It is followed by Shirak with a 6.4% decline and with the lowest average salary (see Unemployment and Salaries  in RA Provinces).

The highest increase in fertility rates was recorded in Armavir (1400 births) and Aragatsotn (668 births) with 7.6% and 7% respectively.

The visual images below reveal the socioeconomic data of the 10 provinces.

Read also

  • Agriculture in RA Provinces: 1st half of 2019
  • Economic Indicators in RA Provinces: 1st half of 2019
  • Unemployment and Wages in RA Provinces: 1st half of 2019
  • Pensioners and Beneficiaries in RA Provinces․ 1st half of 2019

This article is part of a series entitled “Economy and Society in the Regions of RA”

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First Published: 08/11/2019