Russian Census (2002)

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Russian Census of 2002 (Russian: Всеросси́йская пе́репись населе́ния 2002 го́да) was the first census of the Russian Federation carried out on October 9 through October 16, 2002. It was carried out by the Russian Federal Service of State Statistics (Rosstat).

Data collection

The census data were collected as of midnight October 9, 2002.

Resident population

The census was primarily intended to collect statistical information about the resident population of Russian Federation. The resident population included:

  • Russian citizens living in Russia (including those temporary away from the country, provided the absence from the country was expected to last less than one year);
  • non-citizens (i.e. foreign citizens and stateless persons) who were any of the following:
    • legal permanent residents;
    • persons who have arrived to the country with the intent to settle permanently or to seek asylum, regardless of whether they have actually obtained the appropriate immigration status;
    • authorized foreign workers or students, provided the period of temporary residence in Russia was expected to last at least one year.

All detailed census tables are for the resident population.

All (resident) participants were asked question on their gender, birth date, marital status, household composition, birthplace, citizenship, ethnic or tribal self-identification (национальность), education level, language competence, sources of income, and employment status. A sample of the participants were also asked more detailed questions about their economic and housing situation.


In additional to the resident population, the census also counted two more groups of people:

  • Russian citizens currently living abroad for more than one year in connection with the employment with the federal government.
  • Persons (regardless of their citizenship) permanently residing abroad, but temporarily present in Russia (as tourists, short-term foreign workers or students, etc.).

Foreign citizens present in Russia as employees of foreign diplomatic missions or international organizations, and members of their household, were excluded from the census altogether.

Census results

The Census recorded the resident population of 145,166,731 persons, including 67,605,133 men and 77,561,598 women. That included urban population of 106,429,000 (73%) and rural population of 38,738,000 (27%).

The non-resident populations included:

  • Russian citizens living abroad in connection with the federal government service: 107,288 (67,058 men and 40,230 women);
  • Foreign residents present in Russia on the census date: 239,018 (177,465 men and 61,553 women).


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Census participants were asked what country (or countries) they were citizens of. 142,442,000 respondents reported being Russian citizens; among them, 44,000 also had citizenship of another country.

Among Russia's resident population, 1,025,413 foreign citizens and 429,881 stateless persons were counted. [1]

Citizens of...
CIS countries 906,314
Armenia 136,841
Azerbaijan 154,911
Belarus 40,330
Georgia 52,918
Kazakhstan 69,472
Kyrgyzstan 28,843
Moldova 50,988
Tajikistan 64,165
Turkmenistan 6,417
Ukraine 230,558
Uzbekistan 70,871
Other countries 119,099
Afghanistan 8,221
Bulgaria 2,262
China 30,598
Estonia 1,066
Finland 285
Germany 1,329
Greece 612
India 5,351
Israel 1,016
Latvia 2,864
Lithuania 4,583
Syria 1,230
Turkey 4,991
USA 1,361
Vietnam 22,545
Stateless persons 429,881

1,269,023 persons did not report their citizenship.

Language abilities

Among the questions asked were "Are you competent in the Russian language?" (Владеете ли Вы русским языком?) and "What other languages are you competent in?" (Какими иными языками Вы владеете?). As the census manual explained, "competence" (владение) meant either the ability to speak, read and write a language, or only the ability to speak it. The questions did not distinguish native and non-native speakers, nor did they try to measure the degree of language competence. For small children, presumably, the recorded answer was based on the language(s) spoken by the parents.

142.6 million (98.3%) of the responders claimed competence in Russian. Other widely reported languages (more than 500,000 speakers each) are listed in the table below.

Language Speakers (millions)
English 6.95
(Volga) Tatar 5.35
German 2.90
Ukrainian 1.81
Chechen 1.33
Chuvash 1.33
Armenian 0.91
Avar 0.78
French 0.71
Azeri 0.67
Mordvin (Moksha or Erzya) 0.61
Kabardian or Circassian 0.59
Kazakh 0.56
Dargin 0.50

1.42 million responders did not provide language information.

For a more detailed list, see List of languages of Russia.

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