As of 2013, January 1st, the population of Nagorno Karabagh – The Republic of Artsakh included 146.6 thousand people.
The Republic of Artsakh is an average habitable land (average density 12person/sq. km). The most populated place is the capital – Stepanakert (36%). Almost 16.7% of the country’s population lives in Martuni, 13.7% in Martakert, 12.5% in Askeran, 8.9% in Hadrut, 6.2%- Kashatagh, 3.3%- Shushi and 2% in Shahumyan regions.
There’re 10 cities and 322 villages in the Republic of Artsakh. The whole percentage of the city residents is 52.5 %.
48.1% of the population are men, 51.9% – women, 24% – teenagers, 13% – elders (65+). The average age of senility is considered to be 72 years. The natural population growth is 1.4-1.5%. Every year 2500-2600 children are born in Artsakh, providing with almost 20% of birth rate.
In 2013 the birth quantity was almost twice larger than the death cases. The natural increase of population of 2013 was 14.605 people, and the total factor for 1000 habitants was 4.8 ppm. The fertility rate for one woman was 1.5 baby. The migration rate to Artsakh is quite large, the main group comprise Armenians from Syria, Iraq. Additionally, Kashatagh is the most populated city with migrants.
Ethnic composition of the population
The Republic of Karabagh along with its national stuff of the population is considered to be one of the most homogeneous countries in the world. The large percent of population are Armenians (98%), among them are also Russians (0.1%), Ukrainians (0.02%), Greeks (0.02%), Georgians (0.01%), Azerbaijanis (0.005%), and Christians, Udis etc. (0.1%).
The ethnic minority of population in any part or region of the country cover only a small percentage.
The official language of Artsakh is Armenian. None of the ethnic minorities living in NKR is neither a native, nor is connected traditionally with any territory of the country, although there’re some small villages, which are inhabited with these minorities.
Religious composition of the population
The Republic of Artsakh is a secular state. There’re almost dozens of religious communities registered in the capital. 95% of the whole population is considered to be members of the Armenian Apostolic church.
Among the religious minorities are Catholics, Molokans, Russian Orthodoxy, Evangelicals, Baptists, Gospels, Pentecostals, Charismatic Christians, Mormons, Yazidis and Jews.
The Armenian Apostolic church is the national church of Armenian people. The center Motehr See of Holy Echmiadzin. The head of the church is the Catholicos of Whole Armenians. Artsakh is a separate bishopric of the Armenian Apostolic church- Cathedral of the Holy Saviour church, which includes Nagorno Karabagh and neighboring regions.
The representatives of other religious communities live mainly in the cities and even don’t make up a majority in any community.
Translated by Christy Manukyan