Turkey’s population grew by nearly 1.2 million in 2018 to surpass 82 million, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).

According to the figures based on the official address-based population registration system (ADNKS) released Friday, as of December 31, 2018 the population reached 82,003,882, recording an increase of 1,193,357 people year-on-year.

Istanbul was again Turkey’s most populous city, with over 15 million people, constituting 18.4 percent of the total population. The second and third most populous provinces also remained unchanged with Ankara and Izmir following Istanbul with 5.5 million and 4.3 million, respectively.

On the other hand, the northeastern Bayburt province was the least populated province of Turkey, with a total population slightly over 82,000.

Fresh data also showed that the annual population growth rate increased to 1.47 percent in 2018 from 1.24 in 2017.

The ratio of the male population to the female population appeared to be in favor of the male population, with 41,139,980 men representing 50.2 percent of the total population and 40,863,902 women constituting 49.8 percent, TurkStat data showed.

The median age rose to 32 in 2018 from 31.7 in 2017. The figure was 31.4 for males and 32.7 for females, while Sinop, Balikesir and Giresun had the highest median ages with 40.3, 39.9 and 39.6, respectively. Southeastern provinces again had the youngest percentage of the population, with Sanliurfa, Sirnak and Agri having the lowest median age with 19.8, 20.7 and 21.4.

Source:  Daily Sabah

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