Population of Uzbekistan 2021
As of 2021, the latest population of Uzbekistan is 30,565,411, based on AllCityPopulation calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).
|Population growth rate||0.88%|
|Birth rate||16.80 births per 1,000 people|
|Overall life expectancy||73.03 years|
|Men life expectancy||70.00 years|
|Women life expectancy||76.25 years|
|65 years and above||5.44%|
|Median age||27.60 years|
|Gender ratio (Male to Female)||0.99|
|Population density||68.32 residents per km²|
|74% Uzbeks, 6% Russians, 5% Tajiks, 4% Kazakhs, 2% Crimean Tatars, 2% Karakalpaks, 1% Koreans and others|
|Muslim 88% (mainly Sunnis), Orthodox 9%, members of other religions 3%|
|Human Development Index (HDI)||0.710|
|HDI ranking||108th out of 194|
People in Uzbekistan
33 million people live in Uzbekistan. Most of the residents live in the east of the country, in the fertile Ferghana Valley. There are also the three largest cities in the country after Tashkent: Namangan, Andijon and Fargʻona. A total of 50 out of 100 residents live in a city. So the majority live in the country. On average, each woman has 1.7 children.
Most of the residents are Uzbeks with 71 percent. In total, around one hundred peoples live in the country. The next largest groups are Russians and Tajiks, each with 5 percent, followed by Karakalpaks, Kazakhs, Tatars and Koreans (who are called Korjo-Saram here). Small minorities are Turkmens, Uyghurs, Volga Germans, Armenians, Meshetes, Azerbaijanis and Kurds.
Who are the caracalpaks?
The Karakalpaks are a Turkic people. They live mainly in the west of Uzbekistan, in Karakalpakistan. It is an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan. There the caracalpaks make up about a third of the population. The rest are Uzbeks, Kazakhs and other ethnic groups. Some caracalpaks are demanding independence from Uzbekistan. Nukus is the capital. The people are named after the kalpak, a fur hat that men wear.
Languages in Uzbekistan
There are two official languages in Uzbekistan: Uzbek and Karakalpakistan also Karakalpakish. Because most of the residents are Uzbeks, Uzbek is the native language of most of the people. Russian is still very important and is used for communication between different peoples, but is also used in education and business. Tajik, a variant of Persian, is spoken mainly in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Uzbek is one of the Turkic languages. There are several dialects. Originally, that is, until 1923, Uzbek was written in Arabic letters. In the Soviet period, i.e. until 1991, Uzbek was then written in Cyrillic, expanded to include phonetic symbols for Uzbek. This was followed by the change to Latin letters (in which you also write). In fact, both alphabets are still in use.
Because there is not a letter in the Latin alphabet for all Uzbek sounds, characters have been introduced to represent them. These include gʻ and oʻ, which you may have already seen in city names, for example in Qoʻqon.
Religions in Uzbekistan
The vast majority of Uzbeks belong to Islam (89 percent). 8 percent are Russian Orthodox Christians. They are mostly Russians. Small minorities are Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists and Jews. Religious freedom is guaranteed by law, but Uzbek Christians often see themselves disadvantaged.