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EghtesadOnline: The recent National Population and Housing Census, conducted nationwide, showed Hamedan and North Khorasan provinces recorded negative population growths compared with the previous round of census conducted in the Iranian year March 2011-12.

The two provinces registered a population growth of minus 0.23% and minus 0.11% respectively.

South Khorasan (3.02%), Hormozgan (2.30%) and Alborz (2.37%) top the list of provinces with the highest population growth rates, IRNA reported.

Of the total 79,926,270 Iranians or 24,196,035 households, 59,146,847 or 18,125,488 households live in urban and 20,730,625 people or 6,070,547 households live in rural areas, according to Financial Tribune.

Omid Ali Parsa, the head of Statistical Center of Iran, said the urban population shows an increase of 5,500,186 while the rural population decreased by 772,383 compared with the previous national census, Mehr News Agency cited the preliminary results of the census released last month.

The census put the number of men and women at 40,498,442 and 39,427,828 respectively, meaning the sex ratio stands at 103:100. The previous census put the ratio at 102:100.

Parsa noted that the number of households in urban and rural areas has increased by 2,697,640 and 312,748 over the same period of the previous year respectively.

The latest national census began nationwide as of September 24, 2016, and ended on November 18 in two phases of online and door-to-door registration.

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