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Theme: Population


Live births, deaths, marriages, divorces and migration by urban and rural areas, by regions, 2023


According to the State Statistical Office data, in the Republic of North Macedonia, the number of live births in urban areas was 10171, which represents 60.8% of the total number of live births, in comparison with  6566 live births or 39.2% in rural areas. By regions, Skopje had the highest share of total live births, 40.3%, while the East Region had the lowest share, 5.8%.

The number of deaths in urban areas was 12724, which represents 63.0% of the total numbers of deaths, in comparison with 7463 or 37.0% in rural areas. By regions, Skopje had the largest share of the total number of deaths, 30.4%, while the Northeast Region had the smallest share, 8.0%.

There were 17 infant deaths in urban areas and 13 in rural areas.

The natural increase was negative, -2553 persons in urban areas and -897 persons in rural areas.

The number of marriages in urban areas was 6986 or 55.1%, against 5686 marriages or 44.9% in rural areas. The number of divorces in urban areas was 1090 or 61.8%, while in rural areas there were 675 divorces or 38.2% of the total number of divorces.

The data on internal migration (in the same region) show that the dominant form of migration was from rural to urban areas with 42.8%. Rural-urban migration was highest in the Southwest Region with 44%. Inter-rural migration was highest in the Polog Region with 53.4%, whereas inter-urban migration accounted for 1.8%.

The external net migration was highest in the Skopje Region, 1508, while lowest in the Southwest Region, - 403.

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