Kyrgyzstan Population 2017
Kyrgyzstan, officially the Krygyz Republic and formerly Kirghizia, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and China. In 2017, the estimated population of Kyrgyzstan is 6.05 million, which ranks 113th in the world.
Kyrgyzstan has 199,900 square kilometers of land (86th) yet its population is the 113th highest in the world at 5.62 million. Kyrgyzstan has a population density of just 27 people per square kilometer (176th in the world).
The largest city and capital of Kyrgyzstan is Bishkek, with a population estimated at 875,000. The second-largest city is Osh with a population estimated at 246,000.
A full third of Kyrgyzstan's population is under the age of 15 and one-third of the population lives in urban areas with the majority living in rural areas. The largest ethnic group are the Kyrgyz, a Turkish people, who account for 72% of the population. Other ethnic groups in Kyrgyzstan include Russians (9.0%), Uzbeks (14.5%), Dungans (1.9%), Uyghurs (1.1%), Tajiks (1.1%), Kazakhs (0.7%), and Ukranians (0.5%). There are more than 80 different ethnic groups in total in Kyrgyzstan.
Since 1979, the percentage of ethnic Kyrgyz has risen from 50% to more than 70% today, while the percentage of European ethnic group like Germans and Russians, as well as Tatars, has dropped from 35% to 10%. In 1989, there were about 101,000 Germans in Kyrgyzstan, most of whom have since emigrated to Germany.
The most widely practiced religion is Islam, accounting for 80% of the population, followed by Russian Orthodoxy at 17%.