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About 68 percent of Bulgaria's population lives in urban areas, compared to 25 percent in 1946.In 1992, 86 percent of the population self-identified as ethnically Bulgarian, 9 percent as Turkish, and 4 percent as Roma (Gypsy).The population increased gradually for most of the twentieth century, but has decreased by more than 700,000 people since 1988.This decline stems from out-migration and falling birthrates during the uncertain postsocialist period.This makes discussion of historical trends difficult, and some people may have self-identified on the census differently than they might in other contexts. The national language is Bulgarian, a South Slavic language of the Indo-European language family, which uses the Cyrillic script.
Regional cultural variation sometimes reflects occupational specialization associated with local environmental conditions (e.g., fishing, animal husbandry), along with the influence of other cultural groups. Bulgaria's population was 8,230,371 on December 31, 1998. The names "Bulgar", and "Bulgarian" most likely derive from a Turkic verb meaning "to mix." Ethnic Bulgarians trace their ancestry to the merging of Bulgars (or Proto-Bulgarians), a central Asian Turkic people, and Slavs, a central European people, beginning in the seventh century in what is now northeastern Bulgaria.Besides ethnic Bulgarians, there are several ethnic minorities, the most numerous being Turks and Gypsies, with smaller numbers of Armenians, Jews, and others.One-third of the territory is forested, and one-third is more than 2,000 feet (600 meters) above sea level.Major mountain ranges include Rila, Pirin, Balkan (Stara Planina), and Rhodope.