The depopulation of the Bulgarians villages keep on going. In 1173 villageswhich is about a fifth of all the settlements of our country, live up to 50 people, and in 167 villages there is not a single inhabitant. This is shown by data from the National Institute of Statistics (INS) at the end of 2021.
The greatest number of villages without inhabitants are mountainous and are located in Gabrovo (61), Veliko Tarnovo (50), Kardzhali (12) and Smolyan (10) districts.
The total number of colonies in Bulgaria is 5257, of which 257 are cities. There are also 165 settlements, of which 8 are of national importance and the rest are local.
Six cities have a population of over 100,000 people. These are Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse and Stara Zagora, where more than a third of the country’s population lives (34.4%).
The capital is the only city in Bulgaria with a population of over one million, and by the end of 2021, the capital’s population will exceed 1.3 million.
The population of Sofia Municipality is unevenly distributed across its separate administrative regions. At the end of 2021, in three of them – “Lyulin”, “Mladost” and “Student City” live 24% of inhabitants of the Municipality of Sofia, and each of these areas has more than 100,000 inhabitants. The smallest district of the Municipality of Sofia is Bankya with a population of 11,615 people or 0.9% of the population of the municipality.
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