(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1985)

Document title

Population trends of soviet cities, 1970-1984

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



In a special issue of Soviet Geography in May 1970, Chauncy D. Harris published a time series (1897-1967) for the population of cities of the Soviet Union. A number of events since then suggest the need for an updating of Soviet city population trends in easily accessible form. Since the publication of the Harris material, the Soviet Union has held two additional censuses, in 1970 and in 1979. The results of the 1970 count were published in substantial detail, including population for all urban places over 15,000| for the results of the 1979 census, publication was sharply curtailed, with data only for places with city status and populations of 50,000 or more. More significantly, the publication of the population of urban places under 50,000 had ceased altogether in 1976 as part of a general tightening up of statistical secrecy. Because of these developments, the mid-1980s seem an appropriate time to take stock of the available information on Soviet city populations by building on, and generally following the scheme of, the statistical urban population tables originated by Chauncy Harris in the May 1970 issue of Soviet Geography.


Article of periodic

published at : Soviet geography. Review and translations New York

Editor :

Millesime : 1985, vol. 26, no2 [pp. 109-153]



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