YEREVAN, July 31. / ARKA /. Armenia saw its population dwindle by another 7,300 people as of July 1, compared with the beginning of the year, to 3.009.8 million, according to the latest numbers released today by the National Statistical Service (NSS).
Some 1.911.9 million lived in urban areas and 1.097.9 million in rural areas. The latest population census in the country was conducted in 2011.
The drop, according to the official figures, resulted from negative migration balance when the number of people leaving the country was higher than the natural population growth.
Nonetheless, the number of babies born in January - June 2014 was said to have increased by 3.2% compared with the same period in 2013, amounting to 19,401. The number of deaths also increased by 4.3% to 14,929. The resulting natural growth was 4, 472 people.
According to official number, provided by the border management system, 2.243 million people crossed the Armenian border in both directions in the first half, up from 1.938.9 million trips in the same period in 2013.
It was said that 1.078.202 million entered the country (an increase of almost 17 percent over the same period in 2013), while the number of departures upped by 14.5 percent to 1,164,071. -0-