date: Tuesday, 03 July 2012
According to the data from the last Census conducted in February 2011, the total number of the population in Bulgaria is 7 364 570 people.
The next table presents data from official censuses carried out in the country over the last 110 years.
The final right column of the table indicates the relative percentage share of the urban versus the rural population in the respective year. The data clearly show the dynamic shift toward urbanization of the country. To compare in a historical context - the present urban-rural proportion of the Bulgaria's population is the same as that in one of the most-rapidly developing industrial countries in Europe, England, however at the beginning of 20th century.
The next table displays the main demographic characteristics and their shift over the last decade. Some important trends stand out - the birth rate has reduced with a little more than 3%, the number of the active-age population has increased due to the rise of the retire-age ceiling, and also due to the lower birth-rate. Again due to the lower birth-rate, there is a higher share of the people of post-active age.
The next table presents the main demographic characteristics of the country for 2011.
Age Dependency Rate - indicates the number of the population of a "dependent age" /below 15 and above 65/ per 100 persons of an "independent age" /from 15 to 65/.
The next table indicates the population of the 28 districts of the country, the number of municipalities in each district, the share of the urban population in a district, and the natural growth rate in absolute figures per 1000 persons.