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Turks in the Republic of Macedonia

Ethnic group
GroupTurks in Macedonia
Population date77,959 (2002 census)
est. up to 170,000-200,000
Significant populationsSkopje   Gostivar   Radovish   Strumitsa   Bitola   Tetovo   Resen

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Turks in the Republic of Macedonia, also known as Macedonian Turks, ( ) are the ethnic Turks who constitute the third largest ethnic group in the Republic of Macedonia. According to the 2002 census, there were 77,959 Turks living in the country, forming a minority of some 4% of the population. The communitiy form a majority in Centar Župa and Plasnica. The Turkish community claim higher numbers than the census shows, somewhere between 170,000 and 200,000.

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Modern era :
Population of Macedonian Turks according to National Censuses
Census Turks Total population of Macedonia % Turks
1953 Census 203,938 1,304,514 15.63%
1961 Census 131,484 1,406,003 9.35%
1971 Census 108,552 1,647,308 6.58%
1981 Census 86,591 1,909,136 4.53%
1991 Census 77,080 2,033,964 3.78%
1994 Census 78,019 1,945,932 4%
2002 Census 77,959 2,022,547 3.85%

Religion :
Municipality Turks
2002 Census
Skopje 8,595
Gostivar 7,991
Centar Župa 5,226
Plasnica 4,446
Radoviš 4,061
Strumica 3,754
Struga 3,628
Studeničani 3,285
Vrapčište 3,134
Debar 2,684
Mavrovo and Rostuša 2,680
Dolneni 2,597
Kičevo 2,430
Ohrid 2,268
Vasilevo 2,095
Tetovo 1,882
Resen 1,797
Veles 1,724
Bitola 1,610
Valandovo 1,333
Štip 1,272
Bogovinje 1,183
Prilep 917
Karbinci 728
Konče 521
Tearce 516
Bosilovo 495
Dojran 402
Čaška 391
Pehčevo 357
Demir Kapija 344
Kočani 315
Kruševo 315
Drugovo 292
Kumanovo 292
Vraneštica 276
Vinica 272
Negotino 243
Sopište 243
Mogila 229
Makedonski Brod 181
Kavadarci 167
Lozovo 157
Delčevo 122
Berovo 91
Sveti Nikole 81
Petrovec 75
Gradsko 71
Bogdanci 54
Demir Hisar 35
Gevgelija 31
Novaci 27
Ilinden 17
Kratovo 8
Probištip 6
Jegunovce 4
Brvenica 2
Debarca 2
Kriva Palanka 2
Želino 2
Zelenikovo 1

Macedonia Ethnic groups in the Republic of Macedonia

Over 10,000 peopleMacedonians (1,297,981) * Albanians (509,083) * Turks (77,959) * Roma (53,879) * Serbs (35,939) * Bosniaks (17,018)
Under 10,000 peopleAromanians (9,695) * Egyptians (3,713) * Croats (2,686) * Montenegrins (2,003) * Bulgarians (1,417) * Greeks (442)
Other groupsTorlaks (approx. 150,000) * Shopi (approx. 50,000) * Torbeš (40,000 - 100,000) * Gorani (approx. 2,500) * Megleno-Romanians (approx. 1,000) * Armenians (approx. 300) * Jews (approx. 200)



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