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Yearbook "Tallinn in Figures 2021" reveals population growth

The Tallinn City Government has completed this year’s statistical yearbook "Tallinn in Figures" that offers an overview of the development of different areas of the city in the recent years. The population of Tallinn has grown for more than 20 years in a row, already reaching above 445,600.

The statistical yearbook has been published for the 29th time. According to analyst-strategist at the Tallinn Strategic Management Office Liina Kilemit, “Tallinn in Figures” is an important tool in knowledge-based urban management. "All directions of the city's development serve one broader goal – for the citizens to live a happy and satisfying life," said Kilemit. "The collection of statistics helps us understand how we have done so far and to plan the next steps for the development of the city. The collected data is an important management and decision-making tool, being an important input for the development plans for the whole of Tallinn as well as city districts and sectors.”

The Tallinn statistical yearbook "Tallinn in Figures" has been published every year since August 2002. The publication features data of Tallinn in recent years, for comparison the indicators of Estonia and in some cases also of Harju County are included. The compiler and editor of the yearbook is Peeter Kuulpak, analyst-statistician of the Development Strategy Bureau of the Tallinn Strategic Management Office.

Statistics show that the number of people in Tallinn has been increasing steadily for more than 20 years. The population growth was especially significant in 2019, when it increased by 5,052 people or 1.2%. In 2020, the population increased by 1,762 inhabitants or 0.4%. The number of inhabitants increased the most in Kesklinn (2.2%) and Haabersti (1.6%), but decreased in Nõmme (1.2%) and Mustamäe (0.2%).

Last year, 445,678 people lived in Tallinn, including 242,765 women and 202,913 men. Thus, there are 39,852 more women than men among the people of Tallinn. The most representatives of both women and men were in age groups 30-34 (20,480 and 20,347, respectively) and 35-39 (19,044 and 18,323, respectively). While there were more women than men in these age groups, the situation is the opposite in the age group 0-4: 10,983 girls and 11,473 boys. The number of boys is also higher among children aged 5-9 and 10-14. Life expectancy of women in Tallinn is eight years longer than that of men. The ethnic composition of the population is diverse - 185 different nationalities are represented, of which 131 are represented by five or more members.

The profile of households, employment and income of Tallinn residents were also analysed. It was exposed that there are 214,920 households in Tallinn, among which one-member households prevail (92,503 or over 43%) and about a quarter of the families have children. The employment rate among 15- to 74-year-olds is 72%, with the majority working in the public sector. Last year, the average gross salary has increased from 1,545 euros to 1,637 euros per month, which was almost 200 euros higher than the Estonian average.

The yearbook also provides a comprehensive overview of health and social welfare, the economy and the environment, as well as many other areas. The satisfaction survey among Tallinners in 2020 indicated that 89% of citizens consider Tallinn to be a family-friendly city, 74% think that it has a creative atmosphere and 71% think that different people are generally well treated here.

"In connection with the goals of the Tallinn Green Transition, we are pleased to see that the number of people commuting to work by bicycle, roller or motorcycle has increased from 1.5 percentage points to 2.3 over the year. The number of people walking to work has also increased," Kilemit noted. "Unfortunately, the share of car users has also increased slightly, while the share of public transport users has decreased. Changes in mobility patterns are likely to be related to the effects of COVID. The percentage of people who work from home have also increased from 3.9 to 5.3 over the year.”

Another important indicator of urban development is the operating costs of the city budget, in which expenses on education, public transport and traffic, and social welfare have increased year by year. The largest share in the city budget is in the field of education, where 267.7 million euros were spent last year. 86.8 million euros were spent on public transport and traffic and 61.9 million euros on social welfare.

The publication "Tallinn in Figures 2021" is in Estonian and English, the list of topics and general data of the city are also presented in Russian. The yearbook is intended for a wide range of users - it should be useful to officials, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers, teachers and students. The publication is distributed to ministries, departments, inspectorates, embassies, educational and research institutions, libraries, and institutions and associations related to Tallinn and Harju County.

The yearbook is available on the Tallinn website (Tallinn in figures 2021). The content of the pdf file is the identical to the printed version, and the tables have also been published as separate Excel files to make using and copying the data easier.