Turkey’s population hits new high of 80.8 mln, İstanbul exceeds 15 mln

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People get on the nostalgic tram at the Istiklal Avenue, decorated with new year lights, ahead of new year celebrations in Beyoglu district of Istanbul, Turkey on December 31, 2017. Islam Yakut / Anadolu Agency

The population of Turkey rose to 80.8 million, with an annual growth rate of 1.24 percent, in 2017, the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) announced on Thursday.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, the population of Turkey rose by nearly 1 million, up from the previous year’s figure of 79.8 million.

TurkStat said 92.5 percent of Turkey’s population lives in cities and district centers — up 0.2 percentage points — versus 7.5 percent in towns and villages.

Istanbul retained the position of Turkey’s most populous city in 2017 with 15 million, a number that is higher than the population of 129 countries, Anadolu noted.

TurkStat also stated that the country’s working age population (age 15-64) rose 1.2 percent last year to 67.9 percent (nearly 55 million people) of the total, while the population of under-15s was 23.6 percent, and the proportion of population age 65 and over was 8.5 percent.

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