Stavropol Krai
Ставропольский край
Coat of arms of Stavropol Krai
Coordinates: 45°03′N 43°16′E / 45.050°N 43.267°E / 45.050; 43.267
Federal districtNorth Caucasian[1]
Economic regionNorth Caucasus[2]
Administrative centerStavropol
 • BodyDuma[3]
 • Governor[3]Vladimir Vladimirov[4]
 • Total66,160 km2 (25,540 sq mi)
 • Rank45th
 • Total2,907,593
 • Estimate 
 • Rank14th
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK Edit this on Wikidata[8])
ISO 3166 codeRU-STA
License plates26, 126
OKTMO ID07000000
Official languagesRussian[9]

Stavropol Krai (Russian: Ставропо́льский край, romanizedStavropolʹskiy kray), also known as Stavropolye (Russian: Ставропо́лье), is a federal subject (a krai) of Russia. It is geographically located in the North Caucasus region in Southern Russia, and is administratively part of the North Caucasian Federal District. Stavropol Krai has a population of 2,907,593, according to the 2021 Census.

Stavropol is the largest city and the capital of Stavropol Krai, and Pyatigorsk is the administrative center of the North Caucasian Federal District.

Stavropol Krai is bordered by Krasnodar Krai to the west, Rostov Oblast to the north-west, Kalmykia to the north, Dagestan to the east, and Chechnya, North Ossetia–Alania, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia to the south. It is one of the most multi-ethnic federal subjects in Russia, with thirty-three ethnic groups with more than 2,000 persons each. The western area of Stavropol Krai is considered part of the Kuban region, the traditional home of the Kuban Cossacks, with most of the krai's population living in the drainage basin of the Kuban River.


Stavropol Krai is located in Southern Federal District
Stavropol Krai
Stavropol Krai
Federal subjects in the Black Sea-Caspian area.
*Smaller areas along the north Caucasus are the republics: Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia-Alania, Ingushetia, and Chechnya
*Yellow is the Southern Federal District and below it is the North Caucasian Federal District (light grey)

The krai encompasses the central part of the Fore-Caucasus and most of the northern slopes of Caucasus Major. It borders with Rostov Oblast, Krasnodar Krai, Kalmykia, Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia–Alania, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Karachay–Cherkessia.


Most of Stavropol Krai experiences hot-summer humid continental climate (except for mountains). Winters are shorter and warmer than in most of Russia but still freezing and snowy: average January temperature is between −2 °C (28 °F) and −6 °C (21 °F). Summers are warm to hot with average July temperature of 20 °C (68 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F). Extremes range from −35 °C (−31 °F) in winter to 40 °C (104 °F) in summer. Average annual precipitation is 400 to 600 millimetres (16 to 24 in).


The krai was established as North Caucasus Krai on October 17, 1924. After undergoing numerous administrative changes, it was renamed Ordzhonikidze Krai (Орджоникидзевский край), after Sergo Ordzhonikidze, in March 1937, and Stavropol Krai on January 12, 1943.


During the Soviet period, the high authority in the region (krai) was shared between three persons: the First Secretary of the Stavropol Krai CPSU Committee (who in reality had the greatest authority), the Chairman of the Krai Soviet (legislative power), and the Chairman of the Krai Executive Committee (executive power).

In 1970–1978, Mikhail Gorbachev, a native of Stavropol Krai, occupied the position of the First Secretary of the Krai's Communist Party Committee. He left the region for Moscow in 1978, when he was promoted to a Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU, to become the Party's General Secretary and the nation's leader 7 years later. The region was also native to Yuri Andropov, who was also leader of the Soviet Union for a short time.

Since 1991, CPSU lost all the power, and the head of the Krai Administration, and eventually the governor was appointed/elected alongside the elected regional parliament.

The Charter of Stavropol Krai is the fundamental law of the region. The Legislative Assembly of Stavropol Krai is the province's regional standing legislative (representative) body. The Legislative Assembly exercises its authority by passing laws, resolutions, and other legal acts and by supervising the implementation and observance of the laws and other legal acts passed by it. The highest executive body is the Krai Government, which includes territorial executive bodies such as district administrations, committees, and commissions that facilitate development and run the day-to-day matters of the province. The krai administration supports the activities of the Governor who is the highest official and acts as a guarantor of the observance of the krai Charter in accordance with the Constitution of Russia.


Large companies in the region include Stavrolen, Arnest, Concern Enorgomera, Nevinomiskiy Azot, Stavropolskiy Gres.[11]


Irrigated agriculture is well-developed in the region. As of the beginning of 2001, Stavropol Krai had 3,361  km of irrigation canals, of which 959  km were lined (i.e., had concrete or stone walls, rather than merely soil walls, to reduce the loss of water).[12]

Among the major irrigation canals are:[12]


Life expectancy at birth in Stavropol Krai

According to the 2021 Census the Krai's population was 2,907,593,[13] up from 2,786,281 in the 2010 Census[14] and further up from 2,410,379 recorded in the 1989 Census.[15] The population of the krai is concentrated in the drainage basins of the Kuban River and of the Kuma River, which used to be traditional Cossack land (see History of Cossacks). In modern Russia the Kuban Cossacks are now generally considered ethnic Russians, although their roots are in Ukraine (historically, their dialect was descended from that of Cherkasy). Other notable ethnic groups include Armenians (mostly Christian Hamsheni), Armeno-Tats, Pontic Greeks, Ukrainians, Turkmens as well as indigenous groups from the North Caucasian republics, especially from Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan.

Vital statistics for 2022:[16][17]

Total fertility rate (2022):[18]
1.29 children per woman

Life expectancy (2021):[19]
Total — 71.66 years (male — 67.68, female — 75.43)


Largest cities or towns in Stavropol Krai
2010 Russian Census
Rank Administrative Division Municipal pop.
1 Stavropol City of krai significance of Stavropol 398,539 Kislovodsk
2 Pyatigorsk City of krai significance of Pyatigorsk 142,511
3 Kislovodsk City of krai significance of Kislovodsk 128,553
4 Nevinnomyssk City of krai significance of Nevinnomyssk 118,360
5 Yessentuki City of krai significance of Yessentuki 100,996
6 Mineralnye Vody Mineralovodsky District 76,728
7 Georgiyevsk Georgiyevsky District 72,153
8 Mikhaylovsk Shpakovsky District 70,981
9 Budyonnovsk Budyonnovsky District 64,624
10 Izobilny Izobilnensky District 40,555
Historical population
Source: Census data

Ethnic groups

The 2010 Census counted thirty-three ethnic groups of more than 2,000  persons each, making this federal subject one of the most multiethnic in Russia. The inhabitants identified themselves as belonging to more than 140 different ethnic groups, as shown in the following table:[20]

Population Ethnicity Percentage of total population
2,309,460 Russians 79.4%
135,384 Armenians 4.7%
58,785 Dargins 2.0%
38,045 Romani people 1.3%
23,943 Greeks 0.8%
22,569 Nogais 0.8%
15,649 Karachay 0.5%
15,100 Turkmens 0.5%
13,996 Azerbaijanis 0.5%
13,779 Chechens 0.5%
12,724 Turks 0.4%
10,288 Avars 0.4%
9,895 Ukrainians 0.3%
8,354 Tatars 0.3%
97,793 Other Ethnicity 3.4%
121,829 Ethnicity not stated 4.2%


Religion in Stavropol Krai as of 2012 (Sreda Arena Atlas)[21][22]
Russian Orthodoxy
Other Orthodox
Other Christians
Rodnovery and other native faiths
Spiritual but not religious
Atheism and irreligion
Other and undeclared

According to a 2012 survey[21] 46.9% of the population of Stavropol Krai adheres to the Russian Orthodox Church, 7% are unaffiliated generic Christians, 2% are Muslims, 1% are either Orthodox Christian believers who do not belong to churches or members of non-Russian Orthodox bodies, and 1% of the population adheres to Rodnovery or local native faiths. In addition, 19% of the population declares to be "spiritual but not religious", 16% is atheist, and 7.1% follow other religions or did not give an answer to the question.[21]

Administrative divisions

Main article: Administrative divisions of Stavropol Krai

Stavropol Krai is administratively divided into twenty-six districts (raions) and ten cities/towns. The districts are further subdivided into nine towns of district subordinance, seven urban-type settlements, and 284 rural okrugs and stanitsa okrugs.

Notable people



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