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Largest Cities in Ukraine (2020)

Largest Cities in Ukraine (2020)

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Want to know more about the largest cities in Ukraine? Here’s an updated list, ranked by size and population in 2020.

Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe and ranks as the 33rd most populous country in the world with a total population of 42,030,832.  In terms of area it is ranked 45th covering a total of 233,062 square miles.

Ukraine is divided into 24 primary administrative units called oblasts. There are also two cities with special status namely Kyiv and Sevastopol.

Kyiv

Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine located along the Dnieper River in the north-central region of the country. It is also the largest and the most populous city with a total population of 2,950,819, spanning over 324 square miles.

As one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, Kyiv is believed to have existed as a commercial center since the 5th century AD. The city was heavily affected by both the world wars and was controlled by the Soviet Union until the Ukrainian independence in 1991.

European Capital - Kiev

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Kharkiv

Kharkiv is the second-largest city in Ukraine located in the northeastern region of the country. It is spread over a total area of 140 square miles and has an official population count of 1,446,107. Kharkiv is the administrative center of the Kharkiv Oblast. Kharkiv was the first capital of Ukraine from December 1919 to January 1934, after which the capital relocated to Kyiv.

Kharkiv is a major hub of culture, education, transport, and industry in Ukraine. The machinery and electronics industries are especially competent with hundreds of companies based in the city.

Kharkiv is also home to Vasyl N. Karazin Kharkiv National University which is the most prestigious university in the country. The city has an additional 12 national universities and numerous professional, technical, and private higher education institutions with over 17,000 faculty and research staff employed.

Odessa

Odessa is located in the southern region of Ukraine bordering the Black Sea. It is the third-most populous city of Ukraine with a total population of 1,013,159. It is a major tourist destination and serves as Ukraine’s seaport and transport hub.

The city has two ports namely the Port of Odessa, and the Port Yuzhne. The economy of Odessa depends entirely on its status as a port city.

Odessa has several sites with significant historical architecture styles that are distinctively more Mediterranean than Russian with heavy influence from the French and Italian styles. The Passage galleries are the city’s most famous landmark.

Odessa

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Dnipro

Dnipro is the fourth-largest city of Ukraine with a population of 998,103. It is located in the central part of Ukraine and covers a total area of 160 square miles. Dnipro is the administrative center of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

Dnipro is a Ukraine’s most important city with regards to business and politics with many of the country’s most powerful and influential figures calling it home. Leonid Kuchma, Pavlo Lazarenko, and Yulia Tymoshenko all have a significant role in the political landscape of the country and their political careers took off in Dnipropetrovsk.

Donetsk

Donetsk is located in Eastern Ukraine located on the Kalmius River. The city is the fifth-most populous in the country with a total population of 913,323 and spans over a total area of 138 square miles.

Donetsk is an industrial city and the administrative center of the Donetsk Oblast. Moreover, the city is a major economic, industrial, and scientific hub of Ukraine and is also a center of coal mining in the region.

Donetsk has been the site of the still ongoing Donbass War since April 2014. The clash between the pro-Russian separatist forces battling against Ukrainian military forces for control of the city and surrounding areas continues to this day and the city of Donetsk is controlled by the pro-Russian separatist forces as the center of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

Donetsk

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Zaporizhia

Zaporizhia is located in south-central Ukraine on the banks of the Dnieper River. It is the administrative center of the Zaporizhia Oblast and the sixth-most populous city in the country with a total population count of 738,728.

Zaporizhia is most well-known for its island of Khortytsia and as a large electricity-generating hub in particular due to the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station. It is also an important industrial center with facilities for the production of steel, aluminum, aircraft engines, and automobiles and home to Ukraine’s largest industrial complex.

Lviv

Lviv is the largest city in western Ukraine and the seventh-most populous city in the country overall, with a population of 724,713. As one of the main cultural hubs of Ukraine, Lviv enjoys a large influx of tourists throughout the year. 

Furthermore, the city is also home to many industries and institutions of higher education including the Lviv University and the Lviv Polytechnic. Lviv is also the home of many cultural institutions, including a philharmonic orchestra and the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

The historic city center has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lviv hosts more than a hundred annual festivals and is home to nearly sixty museums and ten theatres cementing its status as one of the most important centers of culture in Ukraine.

Lviv city in Ukraine

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Kryvyi Rih

Kryvyi Rih is located in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast of western Ukraine. It is the eighth-most populous city in the country with a total population of 624,579 and covers a total area of 160 square miles.

Kryvyi Rih is the main steel-industry city of Eastern Europe. It is a global hub of iron-ore mining and is home to Kryvbas, a metallurgy region. Kryvyi Rih is a major contributor to the economy of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, the third-largest in Ukraine.

Most Populated Cities in Ukraine

Here’s a list of the largest cities in Ukraine, ranked by population. 

1 Kyiv 2,950,819
2 Kharkiv 1,446,107
3 Odessa 1,013,159
4 Dnipro 998,103
5 Donetsk 913,323
6 Zaporizhia 738,728
7 Lviv 724,713
8 Kryvyi Rih 624,579
9 Mykolaiv 483,186
10 Mariupol 440,367
11 Luhansk 403,938
12 Sevastopol 397,474
13 Vinnytsia 369,839
14 Makiivka 343,158
15 Simferopol 341,536
16 Kherson 289,096
17 Poltava 288,324
18 Chernihiv 288,268
19 Cherkasy 276,360
20 Khmelnytskyi 271,263

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