Turkey’s population exceeds 76 million

Turkey’s population exceeds 76 million

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s population exceeds 76 million

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The population of Turkey increased to 76.6 million as of Dec. 31, 2013, with an annual growth rate of 13.7 per thousand, according to data released on Jan. 29 by the country’s statistics institution.

The population increased by around one million between 2012 and 2013. Men make up 50.2 percent of the total and women make up 49.8 percent, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

The annual population growth rate increased to 13.7 per thousand last year, from 12 per thousand in 2012.

According to the figures, a majority of Turkey’s population - 14.1 million people, or 18.5 percent of the total population - lives in Istanbul. Istanbul’s population increased by 2.2 percent from 2012 to 2013.
More than 36 percent of Turkey’s total population lives in five cities: Istanbul, Ankara (5 million), İzmir (4 million), Bursa (2.7 million) and Antalya (2.1 million) respectively. The country’s least populated province was Bayburt with 75,620 inhabitants.

The rate of the urban population saw a sharp increase in 2013, increasing to 91.3 percent from 77.3 percent in 2012.

Meanwhile, the median age of the population increased slightly, from 30.1 in 2012 to 30.4 in 2013. While the median age was 29.8 for males, it was 31 for females.

The population in the 15-64 working age group increased by 0.1 points, from 67.6 percent in 2012 to 67.7 percent in 2013.