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Less than 30% of the Bulgarians live in the villages

Kosovo village
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At the end of 2019, there were 171 villages in Bulgaria with no residents. 446 villages have a population of less than 9 residents, the national statistics shows. Highest number of depopulated villages was reported in the mountain region of Gabrovo-182, followed by Veliko Tarnovo district (143 depopulated villages) and Kardzhali district (39 villages with no residents). There are 257 towns and 4,998 villages in Bulgaria. Sveti Konstantin located in Pazardzhik district entered the list of Bulgarian villages last year. 722 Bulgarian villages have population between 101 and 200 residents. Lozen located near the capital Sofia is the most populous Bulgarian village-6,168 residents. It has more residents than 145 Bulgarian towns. Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria. It has a population of only 177 residents.

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