Where do the Russians live in Riga?

Back in early October, I mentioned that I was trying to find data for which districts had more Russians and which ones had more Latvians. A student advised me that the Central Statistics Agency was preparing the information at that time, so I emailed them. Unfortunately, they weren’t available at that time, however a commenter later told me that they were up.

In the absence of those, I’d done a post estimating it, based on election results for Saskaņas_centrs, the party favoured by ethnic Russians. Now, I have the figures, it really wasn’t that far off. The areas I identified then as being more Russian are indeed so.

In general terms, the main Russian areas are the northern west bank of the river Daugava, the strip from Iļģuciems to Daugavgrīva, as well as some of the relatively newer estates like Purvciems, Zolitude and Pļavnieki. Brekši is presumably due to the Jugla Paper Factory, which possibly attracted workers from outside Latvia during the Soviet era? More Latvian areas are places like Bieriņi and the areas around central Riga, like Avotu, Grizinkalns and Brasa.

(RU=Russian, LV=Latvian, BLR=Belarussian, UKR=Ukrainian)

Overall, Riga is 46.3% Latvian, 40.2% Russian, 3.9% Belarussian and 3.1% Ukrainian.

DISTRICT RU LV BLR UKR
Daugavgrīva 56.9 22.6 6.5 6.3
Voleri 53.2 37.5 3.4 3.4
Bolderāja 53.0 30.0 6.0 5.1
Spilve 51.8 37.3 4.8 0.0
Pļavnieki 51.4 31.0 5.6 4.7
Zolitūde 50.6 32.5 4.9 5.2
Brekši 50.4 34.2 4.8 5.2
Rumbula 50.3 33.7 4.2 5.9
Ķengarags 48.8 36.3 4.8 3.6
Vecmīlgrāvis 48.7 33.2 6.8 5.4
Maskavas forštate 48.2 37.7 3.8 3.2
Mīlgrāvis 47.5 38.2 4.6 3.5
Sarkandaugava 46.7 38.3 5.1 4.1
Imanta 46.3 39.5 4.0 4.1
Iļģuciems 46.0 40.0 4.8 3.5
Dārzciems 44.4 39.4 4.5 4.3
Purvciems 43.9 41.3 4.1 4.1
Šampēteris 41.1 46.6 4.4 3.3
Dzirciems 40.7 46.5 3.4 3.8
Ziepniekkalns 40.4 45.5 4.3 3.6
Šķirotava 40.3 45.4 3.6 3.8
Pētersala-Andrejsala 39.3 46.9 3.7 3.8
Zasulauks 39.2 49.7 3.6 3.0
Jugla 38.7 49.3 3.6 3.1
Mežciems 38.1 49.8 3.6 3.0
Dreiliņi 35.8 53.8 2.6 1.7
Skanste 33.3 52.4 3.1 3.8
Āgenskalns 31.8 58.2 2.7 2.4
Dārziņi 31.8 55.9 3.0 2.7
Vecdaugava 31.7 57.3 3.6 3.2
Bišumuiža 30.8 58.2 4.0 2.5
Čiekurkalns 29.9 59.9 3.0 2.4
Jaunciems 28.8 58.7 2.5 3.4
Teika 28.6 61.9 2.7 2.0
Torņakalns 27.0 63.5 2.5 2.1
Mežaparks 26.5 63.2 1.7 2.8
Trīsciems 26.4 63.1 4.0 1.9
Pleskodāle 25.3 64.2 1.9 2.1
Brasa 25.1 65.6 2.0 2.1
Suži 24.8 63.3 2.9 3.8
Avoti 24.7 66.1 1.6 1.8
Grīziņkalns 24.6 67.2 2.0 1.7
Atgāzene 23.7 63.3 1.5 1.8
Katlakalns 23.4 72.3 0.7 0.7
Vecpilsēta 23.2 62.1 1.3 1.7
Centrs 23.0 65.8 1.3 1.9
Mangaļsala 20.0 72.9 1.9 2.1
Kleisti 19.8 71.4 1.4 0.5
Ķīpsala 19.4 69.2 2.7 1.4
Bukulti 19.2 68.8 1.7 4.2
Salas 19.0 70.2 3.6 1.2
Berģi 15.8 78.7 1.6 1.0
Vecāķi 15.7 76.6 0.7 1.6
Beberbeķi 15.6 74.4 3.2 2.7
Kundziņsala 13.8 77.4 1.3 2.5
Mūkupurvs 13.3 77.8 4.4 1.5
Buļļi 13.0 81.8 2.0 1.6
Bieriņi 12.4 81.2 1.3 0.7

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5 thoughts on “Where do the Russians live in Riga?

    • Like the saying goes “those who shout loudest usually get heard.” 😉 I’ve also noticed that local Latvians tend to link crime with areas with higher percentages of Russians, even though there’s no evidence of a link between the ethnic make up of an area and its crime level. Daugavgriva, the most Russian area, has the lowest crime rate in the city, the more Latvian Avotu has one of the highest.

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