One of the world’s oldest cities and home to the largest Armenian church anywhere (Cathedral of Saint Gregory the Illuminator), Yerevan serves as the capital for the Republic of Armenia. Armenia is a transcontinental nation, landlocked at the junction of Western Asia and Eastern Europe.
Armenia is also classified as a Middle Eastern nation by the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook.
Armenia exported US$1.8 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016, according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Yerevan, Armenia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Republic Square, Dancing Fountains, Opera House, Yerevan Cascade, Matenadaran manuscripts repository, Sergei Parajanov Museum and the Cathedral of Saint Gregory the Illuminator
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Yerevan, Armenia:
- Anna Chicherova, Olympic high jump gold medalist (born Jul. 22, 1982)
- Eduard Azaryan, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist (born Apr. 11, 1958)
- Hrachya Petikyan, Olympic shooting gold medalist (born Jan. 23, 1960)
- Hrant Shahinyan, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist (born Jul. 30, 1923)
- Davit Torosyan, Olympic boxing bronze medalist (born Sep. 23, 1950)
- Sirusho, singer-songwriter (born Jan. 7, 1987)
- Armenchik, pop singer (born Aug. 8, 1980)
- Shavo Odadjian, heavy metal musician (born Apr. 22, 1974)
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan, professional soccer player (born Jan. 21, 1989)
- Harutyun Yenokyan, Olympic wrestler (born Jul. 5, 1985)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Yerevan resident: Yerevantsi
Population: 1,093,485 (Yerevan municipal city)
Density: 12,715 people per square mile (4,909 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,325,000 (Yerevan built-up urban area)
Density: 9,138 people per square mile (3,528 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,051,250 (Armenia)
Density: 280 people per square mile (108 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$25.3 billion in 2015 (for Armenia, per the CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $8,500
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Yerevan were unavailable.
Official currency used in Yerevan: Armenian dram
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 22, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 22, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Middle East: Armenia. Accessed on February 14, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 22, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 22, 2016
Official Government Website, Yerevan Municipality . Accessed on December 22, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 22, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Yerevan. Accessed on December 22, 2016
Wikipedia, Armenia. Accessed on December 22, 2016
World Population Review, Population of Cities in Armenia 2016. Accessed on December 22, 2016
Yerevan municipal city limits contain land area measuring 86 square miles (223 square kilometers), with an estimated 1.1 million residents in 2016. Well over a third (35.8%) of Armenia’s total population live in Yerevan city proper.
Adding in urbanized land surrounding city limits, Yerevan covers a total 145 square miles (376 square kilometers) within which approximately 1.3 million people live.
At the country-level, Armenia has 3.1 million inhabitants living with national borders. Armenia’s land area is 10,889 square miles (28,203 square kilometers).
Population density is higher within Armenia’s capital city limits, with an average 12,700 Yerevantsis per square mile (4,900 per square kilometer).
Expanding our focus past municipal city limits, density diminishes to an average 9,100 people per square mile (3,500 per square kilometer) once you add in the built-up urbanized land area surrounding Yerevan.
Nationally, Armenia’s population density drops precipitously to 280 inhabitants per square mile (108 per square kilometer).
Armenia broke from the Soviet Union on September 21, 1991. Armenians celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each September 21.