The birth rate estimated by July 2008 is 12.02 births per 1,000 populations. The State Bureau of Statistics, Macedonia announced a population of 2,022,547 in the 2002 census. The largest ethnic group in the country is said to be the Macedonians with 1,297,981 inhabitants declaring themselves to be Macedonians, representing 64.18% of the total population. The Albanians represents 25.17% of the population with 509,083 inhabitants. Other lesser ethnic minorities include the:
About 19.8% are in the age group of 0-14 years, 69.1% between the age group of 15-64 years and 11.1% are over 65 years, with the number of females slightly less than the males. According to the demography of Macedonia there are about 64.7% who are Macedonian Orthodox, 33.3% who are Muslims, other Christians are 0.37% and others 1.63%.
A state wise census was carried out taking some of the important states in view and it was seen that there were 13.14 births per 1,000 populations. The capital of the Republic of Macedonia is Skopje and it had the highest population growth compared to other towns and cities. The towns with the number of inhabitants in it include:
These facts about Macedonian demography help the country, specially its government to plan ahead for the future, more so in dealing with the poverty, environmental degradation, and unsustainable level of consumption, production crime and violence.
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