More than 160 thousand people live in Ruse Municipality. The number of the inhabitants of Ruse District is almost 224 thousand people. The population of the wider Ruse region, including people who live within an hour’s drive by car in one direction is close to 400 thousand people. 220 thousand people of those are people in working age (between 16 and 63), with more than 60% of them living in Ruse District, and the rest living in the districts of Razgrad and Silistra. Young people under working age are over 50 thousand people.
The share of the urban population in Ruse District is 78%, with 73% for the country in 2016. The population density is also higher – 78.2 people/sq. m, with 64.3 people/sq. m for the country. In comparison, the population of Ruse Municipality is 284.9 people/sq. m, and it ranks among the top places in Bulgaria under this indicator.
The population living an hour and a half away from the city of Ruse, including on the Romanian side, within the cross-border agglomeration Ruse-Giurgiu-Bucharest, is 3.5 million people.