|Residents||3,651,700 (January 1, 2017)|
|density||223 inhabitants per km²|
The Samarqand Region ( uzbek. Samarqand Viloyati ) is a province in Uzbekistan . It covers 16,400 square kilometers and has around 3,651,700 inhabitants (as of 2017). According to official statistics, the province is mainly inhabited by Uzbeks (76%), Tajiks (9.7%), Russians (5.3%) and Tatars (3.3%). In addition, there are small groups of Turks (0.8%) and Ukrainians (0.7%). The province is also home to the oldest Jewish community in the former Soviet Union , whose membership decreased drastically at the end of the 20th century due to emigration.
The provincial capital and largest city of the province is the city of the same name Samarqand . The province's 14 districts ( tuman ) and the cities of Kattakurgan , Oqtosh , Samarkand and Urgut divided
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