How people lived in Pripyat before the disaster?

The following statistics are from January 1, 1986. Population: 49,400 before the disaster. The average age was about 26 years old. Total living space was 658,700 m2 (7,090,000 sq ft): 13,414 apartments in 160 apartment blocks, 18 halls of residence accommodating up to 7,621 single males or females, and 8 halls of residence for married or de facto couples.
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Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 by the time it was evacuated, a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 by the time it was evacuated, a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

How people lived in Pripyat before the disaster?

How people lived in Pripyat before the disaster?

One notable landmark often featured in photographs of the city and visible from aerial-imaging websites is the long-abandoned Ferris wheel located in the Pripyat amusement park.

One notable landmark often featured in photographs of the city and visible from aerial-imaging websites is the long-abandoned Ferris wheel located in the Pripyat amusement park.

Education: 15 primary schools for about 5,000 children, 5 secondary schools, 1 professional school.

Education: 15 primary schools for about 5,000 children, 5 secondary schools, 1 professional school.

Healthcare: 1 hospital that could accommodate up to 410 patients, and 3 clinics.

Healthcare: 1 hospital that could accommodate up to 410 patients, and 3 clinics.

Trade: 25 stores and malls; 27 cafes, cafeterias and restaurants could serve up to 5,535 customers simultaneously. 10 warehouses could hold 4,430 tons of goods.

Trade: 25 stores and malls; 27 cafes, cafeterias and restaurants could serve up to 5,535 customers simultaneously. 10 warehouses could hold 4,430 tons of goods.

Culture: 3 facilities: a culture palace, a cinema and a school of arts, with 8 different societies. Sports: 10 gyms, 3 indoor swimming-pools, 10 shooting galleries, 2 stadia.

Culture: 3 facilities: a culture palace, a cinema and a school of arts, with 8 different societies. Sports: 10 gyms, 3 indoor swimming-pools, 10 shooting galleries, 2 stadia.

Recreation: 1 park, 35 playgrounds, 18,136 trees, 249,247 shrubs, 33,000 rose plants.

Recreation: 1 park, 35 playgrounds, 18,136 trees, 249,247 shrubs, 33,000 rose plants.

Transportation: Yanov railway station, 167 urban buses, plus the nuclear power plant car park of about 400 units.

Transportation: Yanov railway station, 167 urban buses, plus the nuclear power plant car park of about 400 units.

Industry: 4 factories with total annual turnover of 477,000,000 rubles. 1 nuclear power plant.

Industry: 4 factories with total annual turnover of 477,000,000 rubles. 1 nuclear power plant.


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