Third census starts in Azerbaijan

Third census starts in Azerbaijan

A census has started in Azerbaijan today. It will be completed on October 10.

There is one census taker for 300 people, one instructor for five census takers, and one census point functioning for every 14,000 people.

Organizational plans for each administrative territorial entity have been made. These plans ensure 720 census points, 6,777 instructor points and 33,907 counting point, Trend reported.

"Citizens will be asked 52 questions. At the end of the census, all materials will be transferred to the Census Group and the operators will enter them into the electronic data system. The results will be further checked using appropriate software. In general, this process will cover 2020," a source within the State Statistical Committee said.

The processing of census data, publication and delivery of census results to users will be carried out until the end of 2022.

Census is held every 10 years in Azerbaijan. The first population census was carried out in 1999.

The second census was held on April 13-22, 2009. The total population of Azerbaijan, according to its results, was 8,922,447 people.

As of August 1, 2019, the population of Azerbaijan amounted to 10 million 27,874 people. 52.8% of the country's population lives in cities and 47.2% in rural areas. Men make up 49.9% of the population, whereas women - 50.1%.

The census is held according to the decree of September 7, 2016 signed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Political scientist Rovshan Ibrahimov, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza, noted that the key difference between this population census and the previous one will be the fact that the  Azerbaijani population exceeded 10 million people (the 10 millionth citizen of Azerbaijan was born on April 6 this year). "This event is very important: for the first time in the Caucasus, the population of one of the states exceeded 10 million people. Now Azerbaijan is not a small but a medium-sized state, and its expectations correspond to its new scale," he said in the first place.

"About 2 million people were born over these years - a new generation with their expectations. Also during this time, for the first time after the restoration of Azerbaijan’s independence, a new generation who never saw the Soviet Union actively entered social and public life. Their perception of the world and themselves is of post-Soviet nature," the expert added.

"Based on the results of this census, the state will plan its further steps, both social, economic, political, and cultural. Getting the real picture of modern Azerbaijan through the census will become the basis for further planning of state domestic policy," Rovshan Ibrahimov emphasized.