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Live births, deaths and migration by urban and rural areas, by regions, 2016

27.06.2017


According to the State Statistical Office (MAKSTAT) data, in the Republic of Macedonia, the number of live births in urban areas
in 2016 was 13 536, or 58.8% of the total number of live births, in comparison with 9 466 live births or 41.2% in rural areas. By
regions, Skopje had the highest share of the total number of live births, 36.8%, whereas the East Region had the lowest share,
6.7%.


The average age of mothers for all live births was 29.5 years in urban areas and 27.9 years in rural areas. The average age of
mothers at first birth was 28.1 years in urban areas and 25.6 years in rural areas. Mothers from rural areas were 2.6 years
younger at first birth than mothers from urban areas.


The number of deaths in urban areas was 12 438, or 60.9% of the total numbers of deaths, in comparison with 7 983 or 39.1%
in rural areas. By regions, Skopje had the largest share of the total number of deaths, 29.3%, while the Northeast Region had the
smallest share, 8.1%. There were 153 infant deaths in urban areas and 120 in rural areas.

The average age of death was 72.1 years in urban areas and 72.8 years in rural areas, which means that the deceased persons in
rural areas had a higher average age.


Urban areas accounted for 42.5% of the natural increase, while rural areas participated with 57.5%. Pelagonia, the East and
Vardar regions show negative natural increase.


The data on internal migration within the same region show that the dominant form of migration was from rural to urban areas
with 35.0%.


Rural-urban migration at the regional level was highest in the East Region at 46.8%, while the Polog Region is characterised by
inter-rural migration, making up 58.3% of the total migration in the region.


The external net migration was highest in the Skopje Region, while lowest in the Polog Region.







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