According to last year’s census, there are 7,186,862 citizens living in Serbia, not counting Kosovo and Metohija, which is 311,139 less than after the census of 2002, it has been stated at the presentation of the census results, with the topic “Population according to ethnic composition”.
In the period between two censuses the total number of the inhabitants has dropped by 4.15%, as a consequence of the negative birthrate, migrations to other countries and the boycott of the census in three municipalities in southern Serbia – Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja. Director of the Statistics Institute Dragan Vukmirovic has said that only the Belgrade region marks increase comparing to 2002, with the growth of 83,316 inhabitants, while the regions of Vojvodina, Sumadija, western Serbia, southern and eastern Serbia all see the decline. “The increased number of the population has been noted in only 25 out of total 168 municipalities. The biggest growth has been seen in Novi Pazar – 16.76%, in Novi Sad – 14.14%, like in Belgrade municipalities of Zvezdara, Surcin, Palilula, Grocka and Barajevo. The municipalities with biggest decline in the number of inhabitants are Crna Trava – 35.12%, Babusnica – 21.78% and Majdanpek – 21.17%”, explains Vukmirovic.
He has pointed that there are 21 ethnic communities living in Serbia, whose numbers are over to thousand people. Therefore, there are 5,988,150 Serbs, i.e. 83.32% of the total number and 224,688 less than in 2002. The second most numerous community are the Hungarians – 253,899, followed by the Romani – 147,604 so they make 2.05% of the total population and have noted the biggest growth since the previous census. Next in number are Bosniaks – 145,278; Yugoslavs – 23,303; Muslims – 22,301, who also have seen the increase of 2,798 people since 2002. When it comes to the Albanians, the census shows their number at 5,809, but one must keep in mind the boycott in the three southern municipalities that are mainly inhabited by the Albanians. Expressed in percentage of the total population, next in line are Croats with 0.81%, Slovaks make for 0.73%, Montenegrins comprise 0.54%, Walachs 0.49%, Macedonians have 0.32%, Bulgarians 0.26%, Bunjevac minority takes 0.23%, Ruthenians 0.20%, Goranis 0.11%, Ukrainians 0.07%, Germans and Slovenians make for 0.06% each, while the Russians comprise 0.05%.
All those are the ethnic communities that have more than 2,000 members, while among the ones with lesser numbers are Egyptians, Ashkali, Czechs, Jews and others. As many as 160,346 citizens have not declared their ethnic belonging.