YEREVAN, February 1. / ARKA /. Armenia’s natural population growth in 2013 declined by almost 2 percent from the year before to 14,605, Karine Kuyumjyan, head of census and demography department of the National Statistical Service, told a news conference today.
The number of babies born last year decreased by 1.7 % to 41,770 (19,570 girls and 22,220 boys) against 42,480 babies born in 2012. The number of deaths also decreased by 1.6 % to 27,165 against 27.599 in 2012.
Kuyumjyan said the birth rate in Yerevan, Aragatsotn , Ararat , Kotayk and Shirak regions was higher of the national average (14 per 1,000 persons), while the lowest birth rates were recorded in Vayots Dzor , Armavir, Syunik , Gegharkunik and Tavush regions.
According to demographer, 411 cases of child mortality (under 1 year) were reported last year against 458 cases in 2012.
Armenia’s population as of January 1, 2014 decreased by 9,500 from the year earlier to 3. 017.4 million. Some 1. 914.3 million were urban residents. -0-