30 interesting facts about Russian cities

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Russia is a huge country, and it has hundreds of cities. Some of them are similar to each other, and some are not – hot and cold ones, dry and rainy, large and small. People of hundreds of different nations live there, which makes Russia very multicultural state.

Amazing facts about Russian cities

  • There are more than 1,100 cities in Russia. This is more than in most countries of the world, but this comparison is incorrect a bit, since the city criteria differ depending on the country.
  • 37 cities in Russia have a population of more than 500,000 people.
  • The world’s largest city located beyond the Arctic circle is Murmansk.
  • The title of Hero City was assigned to 12 cities during the USSR times.
  • Russia has 15 cities with a population of more than 1 million people.
Fcats about Russian cities
St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful Russian cities
  • The “Golden Ring of Russia” tourist route includes 9 historical cities. It is very popular with both Russians and foreign tourists.
  • Some Russian cities are extremely difficult to get to in winter, as transport links are limited due to weather conditions.
  • Since the unification of the separate principalities into a single Russian State, Moscow has been the capital for most of the time. Saint Petersburg had been a capital for 205 years.
  • The city of Chekalin located in Tula Oblast (Tula province) is the smallest one in Russia, with a population of under 1,000 people.
  • Lists of cities with the best and worst environmental conditions are compiled annually. Leaders of a rating are usually Kostroma, Grozny, and Maikop and the leaders of the anti-rating are Norilsk, Mednogorsk, and Krasnoyarsk.
  • The world’s northernmost city with a population of more than 100,000 people is Russian city of Norilsk.
  • The lists of the most dangerous cities in Russia often include Kyzyl, Perm, Shakhty, Volgograd and Chita.
  • Sochi, Grozny, Anapa, Nizhnevartovsk and Gelendzhik are the most safe of Russian cities.
  • The oldest city in Russia is Derbent, it was founded in VIII century BC.
  • Moscow and Kazan are competing for the title of the most multinational Russian city.
30 facts about Russian cities
Snow falls in most Russian cities in winter
  • The easternmost city is Anadyr. It’s located on the Chukotka Peninsula.
  • The northernmost city in Russia is also located on Chukotka Peninsula. It’s called Pevek.
  • The oldest city of Russia is also the southernmost. That’s Derbent, located in Dagestan Republic.
  • The westernmost city is Baltiysk, located 30 miles (50 km) west of Kaliningrad and included into Kaliningrad Oblast.
  • Ufa, the capital of Bashkortostan Republic, is the greenest of all the cities in Russia with 1+ million of population.
  • The Russian city of Vorkuta is the easternmost in all of Europe. It is also one of Top-10 coldest cities in the Russian Federation, the temperature here dropped to -61,6 °F (-52 °C) once.
  • The coldest settlement in Russia and around the world is the village of Oymyakon. Frosty winter here lasts up to 9-10 months a year, and the record negative temperature was -96 °F (-71.2 °C). But Oymyakon is a village, not a city.
  • The coldest city not only of Russia, but also of the entire world is Verkhoyansk. The frost record here was -90 °F (-67.8 °C). Frosts are possible here all year round, even in summer, and an average annual amount precipitation in Verkhoyansk is about the same as in hot deserts.
  • Russian villages and cities on Chukotka belong to the Western hemisphere, not to the Eastern one.
  • The rainiest Russian cities are Severo-Kurilsk, Sochi and Yuzhno-Kurilsk.
Cities of Russia
Oymyakon Village, the coldest human settlement, with the exception of research stations in Antarctica
  • The warmest cities in Russia, if we talk about the average annual temperature, are Sochi, Makhachkala and Anapa.
  • Sochi is the only one Russian city located in the subtropics.
  • Moscow is visited by more foreign tourists than any other Russian city. More than 20 million tourists from other countries visit it every year.
  • Moscow is the most populous city not only in Russia, but also in the whole of Europe. About 13 million people live there.
  • Russia ranks fourth by the number of cities with 1+ million of residents after China, India, and Brazil.

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