The 2002 Russian census (Russian: Всеросси́йская пе́репись населе́ния 2002 го́да) was the first census of the Russian Federation since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, carried out on October 9 through October 16, 2002. It was carried out by the Russian Federal Service of State Statistics (Rosstat).

Data collection


The census data were collected as of midnight October 9, 2002.

Resident population


The census was primarily intended to collect statistical information about the resident population of the Russian Federation. The resident population included:

All detailed census tables are for the resident population.

All (resident) participants were asked questions on their gender, birth date, marital status, household composition, birthplace, citizenship, ethnic or tribal self-identification (национальность), education level, language competence, sources of income, and employment status. A sample of the participants was also asked more detailed questions about their economic and housing situation.



The census also counted two more groups of people:

Foreign citizens present in Russia as employees of foreign diplomatic missions or international organizations and members of their household were excluded from the census altogether.

Census results


The Census recorded a resident population of 145,166,731 persons, including 67,605,133 men and 77,561,598 women. That included an urban population of 106,429,000 (73%) and a rural population of 38,738,000 (27%).

The non-resident populations included:



Census participants were asked what country (or countries) they were citizens of. 142,442,000 respondents reported being Russian citizens; among them, 44,000 also had citizenship of another country.

Among Russia's resident population, 1,025,413 foreign citizens and 429,881 stateless persons were counted. [1]

Citizens of...
CIS countries 906,314
Armenia 136,841
Azerbaijan 154,911
Belarus 40,330
Georgia 52,918
Kazakhstan 69,472
Kyrgyzstan 28,843
Moldova 50,988
Tajikistan 64,165
Turkmenistan 6,417
Ukraine 230,558
Uzbekistan 70,871
Other countries 119,099
Afghanistan 8,221
Bulgaria 2,262
China 30,598
Estonia 1,066
Finland 285
Germany 1,329
Greece 612
India 5,351
Israel 1,016
Latvia 2,864
Lithuania 4,583
Syria 1,230
Turkey 4,991
United States 1,361
Vietnam 22,545
Stateless persons 429,881

1,269,023 persons did not report their citizenship.

Language abilities


Among the questions asked was, "Are you competent in the Russian language?" (Владеете ли Вы русским языком?) and "What other languages are you competent in?" (Какими иными языками Вы владеете?). As the census manual explained, "competence" (владение) meant either the ability to speak, read and write a language, or only the ability to speak it. The questions did not distinguish native and non-native speakers, nor did they try to measure the degree of language competence. For small children, presumably, the recorded answer was based on the language(s) spoken by the parents.

142.6 million (98.3%) of the responders claimed competence in Russian. Other widely reported languages (more than 500,000 speakers each) are listed in the table below.

Language Speakers (millions)
English 6.95
(Volga) Tatar 5.35
German 2.90
Ukrainian 1.81
Chechen 1.33
Chuvash 1.33
Armenian 0.91
Avar 0.78
French 0.71
Azerbaijani 0.67
Mordvin (Moksha or Erzya) 0.61
Kabardian or Circassian 0.59
Kazakh 0.56
Dargin 0.50

1.42 million responders did not provide language information.

For a more detailed list, see List of languages of Russia.

See also