List of cities in Kazakhstan

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As of March 2017, the share of Kazakhstan's urban population is 53%. Kazakhstan's modernization program and innovative development path are expected to accelerate the country's urbanization processes resulting in increased share of urban population from 53% to 70% by 2030. [1]


Provinces and main cities of Kazakhstan Goroda Kazakhstana.svg
Provinces and main cities of Kazakhstan

The following is a list of cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants in Kazakhstan. The names of many places have been changed during the last century, sometimes more than once. Wherever possible, the old names have been included and linked to the new ones.

InsigniaName  English Name  Kazakh Previous nameCity since1979198919992008Status Province
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Aktau Ақтау
Shevchenko19630159,245143,396180,3732 Mangystau Province
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Aktobe Ақтөбе
Aktubinsk1880190,569253,532253,088285,5072 Aktobe Province
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Almaty Алматы
Verniy, Верный, Alma-Ata, Алма́-Ата́1867909,6441,127,8841,129,3561,328,3621Capital 1929–1997
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Arkalyk Арқалық
1965479636236745700566144 Kostanay Province
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Atyrau Атырау
Guryev18851309161492611424971583082 Atyrau province
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Baikonur Байқоңыр
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Balqash Балқаш
1937781458674281100868973 Karagandy Province
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Zhezkazgan Жезқазған
Dzhezkazgan1954892001070531034001121543 Karagandy Province
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Karagandy Қарағанды
19345718775073184368644518002 Karagandy Province
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Kentau Кентау
1955629916378458100607994 South Kazakhstan Province
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Kyzylorda Қызылорда
18671561281504251573641829292 Kyzylorda Province
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Kokshetau Көкшетау
Kokchetav18621031621354241233891327532 Akmola Province
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Kostanay Қостанай
Kustanay18931645002235582214292493952 Kostanay Province
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Nur-Sultan Нұр-Сұлтан
Akmola, Akmolinsk, Tselinograd, Astana18312336382773653129653891891 Capital
Zhanaozen Жаңаөзен
Noviy Uzen'1968340004830051100607963 Mangystau Province
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Pavlodar Павлодар
18612728953296813204003548092 Pavlodar Province
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Petropavl Петропавл
Petropavlovsk18072065592396062163002085472 North Kazakhstan Province
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Ridder Риддер
1934681356873056269542523 East Kazakhstan Region
Saran Сараң
1954548786390048500490823 Karagandy Province
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Satpayev Сәтбаев
1973487005934362900738743 Karagandy Region
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Semey Семей
Alash-kala, Semipalatinsk17822825743171122925003121363 East Kazakhstan Region
Stepnogorsk Степногорск
1964467006330050900477053 Akmola Province
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Taldykorgan Талдықорған
1944879481186231071001147282 Almaty Province
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Taraz Тараз
Talas, Zhambyl, Aulie-Ata ancient 2637933039613301253982332 Jambyl Province
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Temirtau Теміртау
19452130262135511818001795203 Karagandy Province
Turkistan Түркістан
ancient 6674177692876001096733 South Kazakhstan Province
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Oral Орал
Uralsk16131673521995222129002554892 West Kazakhstan Region
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Oskemen Өскемен
Ust'-Kamenogorsk18682742873222213109503444212 East Kazakhstan Region
Shymkent Шымкент
Chimkent middle ages 3215353800913902004545832 South Kazakhstan Region
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Shakhtinsk Шахтинск
1961503826560054800547483 Karagandy Region
Schuchinsk Щучинск
19395550047900501284 Akmola Province
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Ekibastuz Екібастұз
1957658711350061372001581653 Pavlodar Region

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  1. "Urban population in Kazakhstan to grow to 70 percent by 2030".