Russia: Largest Cities, by population
in thousands
Saint Petersburg5,600.04
Nizhny Novgorod1,213.48
  • Region: Russia
  • Time period: As of Jan 1, 2023
  • Published: Aug 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us | Data sources

Moscow: Russia's Largest City

Moscow stands out as Russia's most populous city, with a population exceeding 13.1 million, significantly larger than any other Russian city.

Saint Petersburg: A Distant Second

Saint Petersburg is the second-largest city in Russia, with a population of 5.6 million, less than half of Moscow's population.

Top Three Cities Exceed 1.5 Million

Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Novosibirsk are the only Russian cities with populations over 1.5 million, highlighting a significant size gap with other cities.

Population Concentration in Major Cities

The combined population of the top three cities, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Novosibirsk, totals over 20.3 million, indicating a significant concentration of Russia's urban population in these cities.

Gradual Population Decline in Top 15 Cities

The population shows a gradual decline from Moscow's 13.1 million to Perm's 1.03 million, illustrating the wide range of city sizes in Russia.

Siberian Representation Among Largest Cities

Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk, both located in Siberia, are among the largest cities, with populations of 1.6 million and 1.2 million respectively, showcasing Siberia's urban presence.

Ural Cities: Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk

Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk, important cities in the Urals, have populations of 1.5 million and 1.2 million respectively, underlining the Urals' significance in Russia's urban landscape.

Smallest of the Largest: Perm

Perm is the smallest city within the top 15 largest cities in Russia, with a population just over 1 million, marking the threshold for Russia's major urban centers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What city has the highest population in Russia?

With a population of 13,104.18 thousand, Moscow has significant the highest population in Russia.

What city in Russia has the second-highest population?

Saint Petersburg has the second-highest population in Russia with 5,600.04 thousand residents.

Terms and Definitions

An urban area characterized by higher density of human structures such as houses, commercial buildings, roads, bridges, and railways, compared to areas surrounding it. Cities are typically larger and more populated than towns and villages.

The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities required for the operation of a city, such as the roads, bridges, water supply, sewers, electrical grids, and telecommunications networks.
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