ESHS Macedonia: More births and deaths in cities, more stable rural areas
According to the data of the State Statistics Agency, 11,224 children or 60.2% of the total number were born in urban areas last year, while 7,424 or 39.8% were born in rural areas.
Skopje has the largest participation in relation to the total number of births by region with 38.9%, while the eastern region has the lowest with 6.3%.
The average age of new mothers from the total number of births in urban areas is 29.9 years, while in rural areas it is 28.4 years.
The average age of first births in urban areas is 28.3 years, while in rural areas it is 26.0 years.
17,955 people or 63.0% died in urban areas, and 10,561 people or 37.0% died in rural areas.
The largest participation in relation to the total number of dead, according to regions, is Skopje with 30.6%, while the smallest is the Vardar region with 8.3%.
The average age of deceased persons in urban areas is 73.2 years and in rural areas 73.3 years.
The natural population increase is negative in urban areas, as it is -6731 inhabitants, while in rural areas -3137 inhabitants.
The data on internal migrations, within the same region, show that the largest share of 37.9% is the movement from the village to the city and vice versa, compared to the movements between cities with 9.4%.
The balance of external migration is the largest in the Skopje region, 1,296 people, and the smallest in the southeast region, 51 people.